A positive contribution from domestic demand was enough to offset a negative impact from trade flows. On the production side, industry and services activity expanded, while agriculture contracted.
Compared with the same quarter a year earlier, the GDP advanced 0.9 percent, accelerating from a downwardly revised 0.7 percent expansion in the three months to June 2016 and beating market expectations of 0.8 percent growth.
The government expects full-year growth of 0.8 percent in 2016, roughly in line with last year's 0.7 percent rate. For 2017, the economy is expected to expand by 1 percent.