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Russia's Core Sectors Record Fast Growth


http://gdb.rferl.org/7AA13FA2-31B7-45E1-B53F-DC9513E852BE_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/7AA13FA2-31B7-45E1-B53F-DC9513E852BE_mw800_mh600.jpg Migrant workers building a new shopping mall in Moscow in June (RFE/RL) October 31, 2006 -- The Russian State Statistics Service announced today that the country's core sectors -- industry, construction, agriculture, transport, and retail trade -- grew by 5.7 percent in the first nine months of the year.


The figure was 4,5 percent in the same period last year.


Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry said in a statement posted on its website that Russia's foreign debt, including former Soviet-era debt, has been reduced to $50.1 billion.


(Interfax)

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