TALLINN, March 31 (Reuters) - Estonia's economy will shrink by 8.5 percent
this year, the Finance Ministry said in new, gloomy forecasts on Tuesday.
The outlook was a revision down from the previous forecast of a drop of 3.5 percent this year and would come after a gross domestic product (GDP) fall of 3.6 percent in 2008.
'Estonia is undoubtedly going through a difficult time,' Finance Minister Ivari Padar said in a statement.
The ministry saw inflation this year slowing to 0.4 percent. In 2008, the annual average rate of price growth was 10.4 percent.
Estonia, like neighbours Latvia and Lithuania, is expecting sharp falls in the economy due to a slide in domestic demand and weak exports due to the global crisis. Keywords: ESTONIA ECONOMY/
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