Peru's economy grows 2.5 percent in 2017 -statistics agency

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Feb 15 (Reuters) - Peru's economy grew by 1.32 percent in December from the same month a year earlier and expanded by 2.5 percent in full-year 2017, state statistics agency Inei said on Thursday.

A Reuters poll had forecast 2 percent growth in December versus December 2016, and 2.3 percent cumulative annual growth.

Late last month, Finance Minister Claudia Cooper said the economy had grown about 2.5 percent in 2017, below previous expectations.

Strong mining activity was partly offset by a 12.5 percent decline in manufacturing output, Inei's report showed.

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