June 18, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product grew 6.0 percent in the first quarter of 2013 from a year earlier, slowing from 8.0 percent last year and 6.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, the state statistics office said. In services, wholesale and retail trade grew just 1.0 percent with import trade down 6.1 percent, exports down 5.1 percent and domestic trade up 7.5 percent.
Hotels and restaurants continued to grow strongly by 18.6 percent.
Post and communications was up 10.7 percent and cargo handling and civil aviation was down 0.5 percent.
The first quarter of 2012 was when the breaks were put on a credit bubble that pushed Sri Lanka into a balance of payments crisis.
The statistics office said the implicit GDP deflator was 8.5 percent for the quarter, close to inflation measured by the Colombo consumer price index of 9.0 percent.
Nominal GDP grew to 2,048 billion rupees in the quarter from 1,782 billion rupees in the same quarter last year.
In agriculture tea grew 8.1 p