KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Malaysia’s economy grew 3.6% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, the central bank said on Wednesday, the slowest pace in a decade due to lower output of palm oil, crude oil and natural gas, and a fall in exports amid the U.S.-China trade war.
The pace of expansion was well below the 4.2% rise forecast in a Reuters poll, and slower than 4.4% in the third quarter.
Full-year growth came in at 4.3%, below the government’s forecast of 4.7% and the weakest since 2016.
Bank Negara Malaysia said a coronavirus outbreak in China would affect the country’s 2020 growth, particularly in the first quarter. (Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Kim Coghill)