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  • OECD CUTS EURO AREA GDP FORECAST TO 1.4 PCT IN 2016, 1.7 PCT IN 2017 VS NOV FORECAST FOR 1.8 PCT IN 2016, 1.9 PCT IN 2017.

  • GDP FORECAST TO 2.0 PCT IN 2016, 2.2 PCT IN 2017 VS NOVEMBER ESTIMATE OF 2.5 PCT IN 2016, 2.4 IN 2017.

  • OECD CUTS WORLD GDP GROWTH ESTIMATE TO 3.0 PCT IN 2016, 3.3 PCT IN 2017 VS NOVEMBER ESTIMATE OF 3.3 PCT IN 2016, 3.6 PCT IN 2017.

  • OECD SEES CHINA GDP GROWTH OF 6.5 PCT IN 2016, 6.2 PCT IN 2017, UNCHANGED FROM NOV FORECAST.

  • *Polls show Britain divided on membership. EGGESFORD, England, Feb 17- Deborah Hastings will only decide whether Britain should ditch its European Union membership on the eve of a referendum likely in late June. As opinion polls show Britain is divided on the EU, Hastings and up to 10 million other voters, many of them women, have yet to make a decision.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 15- Thousands of steel workers marched through Brussels on Monday to demand the European Union maintain its defences against cheap Chinese imports, which industry chiefs said were destroying jobs and the environment. The Commission is scheduled to propose later this year whether to grant China market economy status, which Beijing says is its...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 15- Thousands of steel workers marched through Brussels on Monday to demand the European Union maintain its defences against cheap Chinese imports, which industry chiefs said were destroying jobs and the environment. The Commission is scheduled to propose later this year whether to grant China market economy status, which Beijing says is its...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- The International Monetary Fund is concerned about recent sharp share price declines for European banks, as a robust banking sector is needed to sustain economic recovery, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday. "To the extent that the recent sell-off reflects deteriorating prospects for European banks, the decline is indeed a concern,"...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been nominated to a second term as the agency's managing director, the IMF said in a statement on Thursday. "Christine Lagarde has done an exceptional job leading the IMF for the last five years, guiding the Fund at a critical time for the global economy," U.S. During her tenure, Lagarde has...

  • *Lagarde: Ukraine's president expresses reform commitment. *Kiev promised reforms under $17.5 bln IMF bailout. WASHINGTON/ KIEV, Feb 10- Ukraine's president on Thursday told the International Monetary Fund he was committed to pursuing reforms to keep Kiev's $17.5 billion IMF bailout on track, after a sharp warning from the lender that the funds were at risk.

  • REIGATE, England, Feb 10- Unsure how a misfiring global economy is affecting matters at home, Bank of England chief Mark Carney has turned to an age-old gauge of Britain's economy: the word on the street from a trusted band of regional agents. "You get all that sort of background that certainly doesn't come from reading statistics," Martin Weale, an external member of...

  • KIEV, Feb 10- Ukraine must enact promised reforms and root out corruption or risk losing the support of the International Monetary Fund, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday. The warning follows the shock resignation last week of economy minister, Aivaras Abromavicius, which highlighted deep divisions within the ruling coalition and the patchy...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 9- European finance ministers will call on the Group of 20 biggest world economies at the end of February to boost global economic growth at a time when an slowdown in China is sending shivers through financial markets. G20 finance ministers will meet at the end of February in Shanghai in China, which holds the rotating presidency of the group, too...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 9- Russia will support the candidacy of Christine Lagarde for her second term as the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Tuesday. "Christine Lagarde has shown to be an effective leader in a difficult period for the world economy and for the Fund itself," Siluanov said.

  • ATHENS, Feb 9- Greece and its international lenders must conclude a first assessment of the country's bailout reforms as quickly as possible, the government spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Talks between the mission chiefs from the European Union, International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and the euro zone's bailout fund on reviewing Greece's progress...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- The global economy is being hit by a slowdown in growth, large swings in exchange rates and tumbling commodity prices. The case for a single interconnected adjustment was made by Jaime Caruana, general manager of the Bank for International Settlements on Friday. Much of the borrowing has been conducted in U.S. dollars and was made possible by low...

  • ALMATY, Feb 5- Tajikistan, hit hard by spillover from Russia's economic woes, is in talks with the International Monetary Fund on financial aid, Tajik state news agency Khovar reported on Friday citing government and Fund officials. The IMF resident representative office in Tajikistan had no immediate comment. According to IMF data, Tajikistan most recently...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Thursday that low oil and commodities prices would continue for some time, and the Fund will consider strengthening and broadening its array of precautionary financing instruments. In a speech at the University of Maryland, Lagarde said that advanced economies...

  • *France, Italy, Spain, Portugal at odds with EU commitments. BRUSSELS, Feb 4- Almost half of euro zone countries are facing a clash over EU deficit reduction rules unless they change policies, European Commission forecasts showed, posing a challenge to EU laws that set limits on spending to protect the value of the euro. Governments also argue that they need to spend...

  • *Israel joined OECD club of affluent market economies in 2010. Israel lobbied hard to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, gaining acceptance in 2010 and hoping investors would see it as a natural member of the club of affluent market nations rather than a higher-risk emerging economy. But in its most in-depth look at Israel to date,...