Brazil's growth surprised government, will last in 2014-Mantega

BRASILIA Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:40am EST

BRASILIA Feb 27 (Reuters) - The pace of Brazil's economic recovery in the fourth quarter of 2013 surprised the government and indicates a moderate rate of expansion this year, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said on Thursday.

Brazil's economy expanded 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter, the government statistics institute said on Thursday.

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