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MONTEVIDEO, March 31 (Reuters) - The Uruguayan economy grew for the 13th consecutive year in 2015 although the rate of expansion slowed to 1 percent from a downwards-revised 3.2 percent in 2014, the central bank said on Thursday.
The figure came in below both the government's estimate for 2 percent growth and the market's forecast for 1.3 percent.
The economy contracted 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter on the year, although it grew 0.1 percent compared with the previous three months, the central bank added. (Reporting by Malena Castaldi; Writing by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Sandra Maler)