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Russia GDP growth at 2.7 pct in Q3, vs 5.2 pct in Q2

MOSCOW, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Russia's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 2.7 percent in the third quarter, year-on-year, according to preliminary estimates from the Federal Statistics Service released on Friday. This is significantly slower than the 5.2 percent year-on-year growth seen in the second quarter, but the weaker pace had been expected due to comparison with a growth spurt in the third quarter last year and the impact of the summer heatwave that killed one third of Russia's crops. In the third quarter of 2009, the Russian economy began its recovery from its worst recession in a decade. (Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Ruth Pitchford) (lidia.kelly@thomsonreuters.com; +7 495 775 1242) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.

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