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South African economy contracts 0.6% in third quarter

PRETORIA, Dec 3 (Reuters) - South Africa's gross domestic product contracted 0.6% in the third quarter, following a revised 3.2% expansion in the second quarter, data from Statistics South Africa showed on Tuesday.

Economists polled by Reuters had predicted an expansion of 0.1% in quarter-on-quarter and seasonally adjusted terms in the latest three-month period.

GDP grew 0.1% year on year in the third quarter, also below economists' forecasts for growth of 0.4% and below second-quarter growth of 0.9%. (Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Writing by Alexander Winning; Editing by Alison Williams)