Indonesia defends economic data against doubters.

 
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Indonesia's Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati defended the nation's statistics, saying there was no manipulation of the economic growth figures after some analysts questioned the unusual stability of the data.

"The government never intervenes in the statistics," Indrawati said in a phone interview from Dubai on Wednesday. Statistics Indonesia, known as BPS, is independent and "quite reputable," she said.

Data on Tuesday showed the economy expanded 5.02 percent in the third quarter from a year ago, little changed from 5.05 percent in the second quarter and 5.07 percent in the first three months of the year. Growth has been fairly steady around 5...

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