March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Azerbaijan’s economy expanded 0.5 percent from a year earlier in the first two months of 2012, driven by growth outside of the energy industry.
The Caspian Sea nation’s non-energy economy grew 7.1 percent, generating almost 43 percent of gross domestic product, the State Statistics Committee said today on its website. The oil and natural-gas industries shrank 4.5 percent, it said.
Azerbaijan is the third-largest oil producer in the former Soviet Union. Its economy grew 0.1 percent last year.
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