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BUENOS AIRES, March 13 (Reuters) - Peru's economy grew by 1.7 percent in January from the same month a year ago, the president of Peru's central bank said on Friday.
"Growth was 1.7 percent in January," Central Bank President Julio Velarde told Reuters on the sidelines of a banking conference in Buenos Aires.
Velarde added that he had just received the official growth figure, which is scheduled for release on Monday by the state statistics agency.
A Reuters poll showed analysts expected a 2.1 percent year-on-year expansion in January. (Reporting By Richard Lough, Writing by Mitra Taj)