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Turkey's economy grew a stronger-than-expected 5 percent in the first quarter of 2017, official data showed Monday, driven by government stimulus measures and a surge in export growth.The Turkish economy grew 4.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016, but only 2.9 percent overall in 2016 . Turkey enjoyed stellar growth rates in the early years of Erdogan's rule, peaking at over 9 percent in 2004 but growth fell back in recent years with analysts complaining of a dwindling appetite for reform.Ozgur Altug, chief economist at BGC Partners, said he had revised his 2017 GDP growth forecast from 2.5 percent to 4.7 percent, versus a government forecast of 4.4 percent.
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