Russian recession near end

Russian recession: Russia is edging closer to the end of its longest recession in almost two decades as mining, manufacturing and agriculture along with stabilising oil prices, to  help to steady the economy.
GDP contracted by  0.2%  last year after an upwardly revised decline of 2.8% in 2015,  according to data released by the Federal Statistics Service yesterday. with  rising exports and rebuilding of stocks among the key drivers. Manufacturing grew by  1.4% while production of oil, gas and other natural resources was up by  0.2%.  Buoyed by restrictions on imports and the ruble devaluation, agriculture  grew  by 3.5 %. although consumers continued to struggle, with wholesale and retail trade down 3.6 %.  Construction was also  off the pace and  contracted by 4.3%.
“We can expect growth of 1-1.5 %  [this year] and maybe even 2% if things go well”, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov predicted last month.
President Vladimir Putin  was less sanguine, however,  and has warned ministers that the country was not yet out of the woods and pressed them to find new sources of stimulus.

Source: Bloomberg