Philippines' econ chief says slow state spending a cause for concern

MANILA Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:40pm EDT

MANILA (Reuters) - The slowdown in state spending in the second quarter is a "cause for concern" but the government can catch up on its expenditure plans, with overall growth still likely to hit the target for the year, Arsenio Balisacan, socioeconomic planning secretary, said on Thursday.

Government expenditure in the second quarter was flat from a year earlier, compared with 12 percent growth in the same period of 2013, official data showed.

Manila is targeting growth of 6.5-7.5 percent this year after growth of 7.2 percent in 2013.

(Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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