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[DAVAO CITY, Philippines] Philippine annual economic growth in the second quarter picked up to 7.0 per cent from 6.8 per cent in January-March, the government announced on Thursday.
The pace is the fastest for a quarter in three years.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the economy would expand an annual 6.7 per cent in the latest quarter.
Growth for April-June on a quarterly basis will be released later. The poll's median for that was 1.8 per cent, up from 1.1 per cent in the first quarter.