GDP growth hits 10%.
Gross Domestic Product growth hit 10.6% for the third quarter, and
7.3% for the first three quarters, according to the Central Bank, which
added that national production has been fortified by macro-economic
stability as demonstrated by the relative stability of the currency
exchange rate, a slow inflation rate and the gradual reduction of
interest rates, reports DR1 Daily News (Nov. 30, 2005). The report also
shows that private consumption grew by 17.4% over the quarter. The most
active areas of the economy were communications (up 25.4%), commerce (up
19%), tourism (up 5.5%) and transportation (up 7.8%).