Botswana GDP up 4.1 percent in Q1'10: stats office

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July 1, 2010 5:14 AM EST

Botswana's gross domestic product increased by 4.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010, driven by higher output from the key mining sector, Central Statistics Office (CSO) data showed on Wednesday.

The data, posted on the Bank of Botswana's website, also showed that the economy's contraction in 2009 was revised to an estimated 3.7 percent from the 6.7 drop earlier seen.

"Output in the first quarter was 36.4 percent higher than the same period the previous year, mainly due to increased production by the diamond mines, which were temporarily closed in early 2009," the statement said.

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