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Russia economy in first contraction since 2009

Manufacturing, investment shrink amid rouble's worst rout in a decade; GDP falls 0.5% in November from a year earlier

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Overall, the rouble's weakness will inevitably lead to higher inflation next year by pushing up the cost of imports.

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RUSSIA's economy had its first decline since October 2009 last month as manufacturing and investment shrank amid the rouble's worst rout in a decade.

Gross domestic product shrank 0.5 per cent in November from a year earlier after a 0.5 per cent increase in October, the

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