Argentina says January economic activity rose 1.2 pct yr/yr

BUENOS AIRES, March 27 Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:55pm EDT

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BUENOS AIRES, March 27 (Reuters) - Argentina's economic activity index rose a lower-than-expected 1.2 percent in January compared with the same month last year, the government said on Thursday.

The market had expected growth of 1.6 percent in January, according the median forecast given by 13 local and international analysts polled by Reuters this week.

The monthly EMAE economic activity index is a close proxy for gross domestic product.

(Reporting by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by Chris Reese)