Ukraine`s real GDP grew 6.9 percent in January-September 2008, compared to the same period of the last year. The State Statistics Committee of Ukraine reported that for the first eight months this year, GDP increased 7.1 percent. In September, it expanded 5.5 percent, compared with a 10.2-percent increase in August 2008.

      Roughly estimated, nominal GDP reached $147.4bn in the first nine months, and $17.9bn in September alone. The deflator amounted to 133.7 percent for January-September 2008.

      The committee attributes the rise in GDP to increased added value in agriculture, forestry, transportation and trade. In 2007, the country`s real GDP rose 7.6 percent.