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(Bloomberg) -- Swiss exports touched a record 210.7 billion francs ($211 billion) in 2016, recovering from the previous year’s fall. Chemicals and pharmaceutical products were the big driver, with an increase of 11.4 percent, according to the Federal Customs Administration. The machine and electrical industry, where producers have battled with the strong franc, failed to post any growth and exports of precision instruments rose only 3.8 percent.

--With assistance from Alice Baghdjian To contact the reporter on this story: Catherine Bosley in Zurich at cbosley1@bloomberg.net. To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fergal O'Brien at fobrien@bloomberg.net, Zoe Schneeweiss

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