Spain economy shrinks 0.1% in 2010

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Spain's economy shrank 0.1 percent in 2010 as the government slashed spending to avoid a European debt crisis that brought Greece and Ireland to their knees, provisional data showed Friday.

In the fourth quarter of the year alone, gross domestic product edged up 0.2 percent, partially offsetting a contraction in the first half the year, the National Statistics Institute said in a report.

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