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Global recovery to accelerate in 2015, no brutal slowdown in China: IMF chief

Published on Jul 6, 2014 4:05 PM

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (REUTERS) - Global economic activity should strengthen in the second half of this year and accelerate in 2015 although momentum could be weaker than expected, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Sunday, adding that the Fund did not expect a sharp slowdown in China.

Lagarde said central banks' accommodative policies could have only limited impact on demand and that countries should also act to boost growth by investing in infrastructure, education and health, provided their debt stays sustainable.

The IMF's update of its global economic outlook, expected later this month, will be slightly different from the forecasts published in April, she said.

"Global activity is picking up but the momentum could be less strong than we had expected because potential growth is weaker and investment ... remains subdued." Lagarde estimated that growth in China this year would be between 7 and 7.5 percent.

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