Russia's economy expanded by 8.5% in the first quarter, exceeding market expectations
Russia's economy expanded by 8.5% in the first quarter, exceeding market expectations as soaring commodity prices and domestic demand boosted growth in the resource-rich country, Cbonds.info reports.
First-quarter growth in Russia, which boasts one of the best performing emerging equity markets, surpassed market expectations of 8%. However, the figure marked a slowdown from the 9.5% growth rate Russia posted in the fourth quarter of 2007.
"The Russian economy is extremely strong," said Julian Mayo, co-manager of U.S. Global Investors Eastern European Fund.
"People are scrambling to upgrade their commodity-price forecasts. Domestic demand remains very strong."