BANGKOK, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Commercial bank loans in Thailand may grow less than 6% this year due to a slowing economy, a senior director at the Bank of Thailand (BOT) said on Friday.
In May, the central bank predicted loan growth of 5%-6% this year, after a 6% increase last year.
Lending rose 4.2% from a year earlier in the April-June quarter, slowing from a 5.6% rise in the previous quarter, director Tharith Panpiemraas told a news briefing.
The BOT has forecast 2019 economic growth of 3.3%, compared to 4.1% last year, but it said this week growth may be less than its forecast.
Reporting by Kitiphong Thaichareon Writing by Orathai Sriring Editing by Darren Schuettler