BUENOS AIRES, April 19 Argentina's economy grew
2.3 percent in February compared to the year before, the
statistics institute said on Friday, slightly better than the
2.0 percent growth expected by analysts.
The EMAE economic activity index grew 0.3
percent compared to January.
Latin America's No. 3 economy boomed during most of the last
decade but growth has slowed sharply over the past year due in
part to a sour investment climate under President Cristina
Argentina's gross domestic product, which is
reported quarterly, expanded 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter
of 2012 from a year earlier.
The country is widely accused of manipulating inflation data
and, to a lesser extent, growth data. It faces potential
sanctions by the International Monetary Fund, which has issued a
"declaration of censure" against Argentina over the quality of
its inflation and GDP data.