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Vietnam's GDP grows 6.6% in April-June despite COVID outbreaks

US exports contribute, though delayed vaccinations hinder prospects

A factory worker in Hanoi checks a pair of shoes for export. Vietnam's exports have grown despite the coronavirus pandemic.     © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam's gross domestic product increased 6.61% on the year in the April-June quarter, illustrating the nation's economic recovery, the government said Tuesday.

The Southeast Asian country's economy continues to grow on strong exports of smartphones and other products, despite successive COVID-19 outbreaks among factory workers in northern Vietnam.

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