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Friday, May 30, 2008

Poland GDP Q1 2008

Polish gross domestic product grew an annual 6.1 percent, compared with a revised 6.4percent in the previous three months, the Central Statistical Office in Warsaw said today. This rapid first-quarter growth may persuade policy makers to increase borrowing costs as a 10 percent gain in wages and record- high employment boost demand and inflation.

Domestic demand grew 6.3 percent, while consumer demand increased 5.6 percent. Investment rose 15.7 percent, construction gained 16.7 percent and production grew 6.9 percent, the statistics office said.

The Polish economy is expected to grow by "around 6 percent" in the current three-month period as domestic demand remains robust, Deputy Finance Minister Katarzyna Zajdel-Kurowska said.

The zloty strengthened to 3.3732 per euro as of 12:49 p.m. in Warsaw from 3.3790 yesterday. The yield on the benchmark five-year bond rose 2.9 basis points to 6.438 percent.

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