Cuba growth slows to 4.3 pct on food costs, storms (AP)

Deputies of the communist party attend the National Assembly's year-end session in Havana, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)AP – Cuba is ending one of its toughest economic years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, as costly food imports and three devastating hurricanes held annual growth to 4.3 percent, barely half the government forecast, top officials said Saturday.

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