MADRID, March 21 Spanish economic growth could
be as much as 1.8 percent next year, Prime Minister Mariano
Rajoy said on Friday, above the government's previous estimates
of 1.5 percent.
"We believe, that in 2015, and analyst consensus points to
this too, that growth could be 1.8 percent," Rajoy said during a
press conference in Brussels.
Spain's economy shrank by 1.2 percent in 2013, though is
expected to grow by about 1 percent this year after emerging
from recession in the second half of last year.
(Reporting by Andres Gonzalez; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by