EMERGING MARKETS-Thailand gains after govt adds tax deduction to stimulus push

By Shruti Sonal

Oct 8 (Reuters)Thai stocks climbed nearly 1% on Thursday as the government took measures to boost consumption in its coronavirus-battered economy, leading gains across a handful of Asia’s big emerging markets.

With markets globally eyeing a tumultuous U.S. election campaign and roadblocks in passing stimulus in the world’s biggest economy, currencies across the region were subdued, with the Taiwan dollar again the main standout, rising almost 1%.

Thailand’s benchmark index .SETI hit its highest in over two weeks after officials added a tax deduction on purchases of goods and services to cash handouts and subsidies announced last month.

Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said altogether the measures would push about 200 billion baht ($6.4 billion) into the economy in the last three months of this year.

The tourist-heavy economy has started receiving its first visitors this week after months of travel curbs and its

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