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US economic strength may not be clear for months: Fed official

Published on May 11, 2014 6:09 PM
 
Dennis Lockhart, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, takes part in a panel discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California on May 1, 2012. The United States economy will probably start picking up in the second quarter towards around an annual rate of 3 per cent, but it may not be clear for some time if it is on a sustained path, a top official at the Federal Reserve said on Sunday, May 11, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States economy will probably start picking up in the second quarter towards around an annual rate of 3 per cent, but it may not be clear for some time if it is on a sustained path, a top official at the Federal Reserve said on Sunday.

"It may not be clear for several months, or even quarters, whether the US economy is undeniably on a stronger and sustained growth path around a run rate of 3 per cent," Dennis Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, told a business gathering in Dubai in a prepared speech.

Lockhart, who said he was speaking in his personal capacity, does not have a vote this year on the Fed's policy-setting board but he participates in its discussions.

He is considered to be near the centre of the central bank's policy spectrum and his comments often reflect the views of the core decision-makers.

 
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