UPDATE 1-Brazil's GDP grew slower than expected in fourth quarter

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SAO PAULO, March 1 (Reuters) - Brazil's economic recovery was weaker than expected in the fourth quarter, data from government statistics agency IBGE showed on Thursday.

Gross domestic product grew 0.1 percent from the prior three months, falling short of the 0.4 percent median estimate in a Reuters poll of economists. GDP grew 2.1 percent in the quarter from the year-earlier period, less than the 2.5 percent estimated.

Agriculture output, which strongly contributed to growth in previous quarters, did not increase in the quarter. Neil Shearing, chief emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients that fourth-quarter results suffered a "sizeable drag from net trade."

Although partly due to the unwinding of an earlier jump in agricultural exports reflecting bumper harvests, Shearing said it may be "the first sign that the strength of the real is becoming a problem for Brazilian producers."

Growth for the full 2017 year was 1 percent, below a 1.1 median estimate in the Reuters poll.

(Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer, Patricia Duarte and Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)