SOFIA, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's gross domestic product grew 0.2 percent on an annual basis in the third quarter after contracting by 1.4 percent in April-June, preliminary data by the statistics office showed on Friday. This is the first annual growth of the economy since the Balkan country plunged into recession in the beginning of 2009. The economic growth however slowed on a quarterly basis to 0.3 percent from 0.5 percent in the second quarter. The government says increased exports will help the Balkan country post a growth of 0.7 percent this year and 3.6 percent in 2011. GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT Q3/10 Q2/10 Q1/10 FY/09 Q4/09 Q3/09 y/y ptc chng +0.2 -1.4 -3.2 -4.9 -6.3 -4.9 q/q pct chng +0.3 +0.5 -0.5 n.a. -0.2 -0.1 bln levs 19.56 16.88 14.37 68.54 18.39 18.61 (Reporting by Irina Ivanova and Tsvetelia Tsolova) (firstname.lastname@example.org; +359-2-939-97-36; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.
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