IMF reduces forecast for U.S. growth
The IMF expects U.S. economic growth to slow to 2% in 2012 and 2.25% in 2013. That’s down from its earlier estimates of 2.15% in 2012 and 2.4% in 2013. Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, said that Congress should “promptly” raise the debt ceiling and adopt strong fiscal policies.
Source: The New York Times, July 3, 2012
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