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  • BEIJING, Jan 20- The International Monetary Fund lowered its forecast for global economic growth in 2015, and called on Tuesday for governments and central banks to pursue accommodative monetary policies and structural reforms to support growth. The United States largely offset prospects of more weakness in the euro area, where only Spain's growth was...

  • TABLE-IMF forecasts for GDP in 2015, 2016 Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 PM ET

    BEIJING, Jan 20- The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday issued the following economic growth forecasts as part its World Economic Outlook. Forecasts are annual inflation-adjusted percentage changes. Note: Columns with differences from July's WEO update may not match October forecasts due to rounding.

  • IMF CUTS CHINA 2015 GROWTH FORECAST TO 6.8 PCT FROM 7.1 PCT, PREDICTS BEIJING TO LIMIT POLICY STIMULUS TO CURB CREDIT, INVESTMENT RISKS.

  • *China economic growth holds at 7.3 pct, vs 7.2 pct forecast. *Shanghai shares recoup some ground after Monday's tumble. SYDNEY, Jan 20- Asian markets rallied in relief on Tuesday after China reported its economy had not slowed as far as many had feared, a rare glint of brightness amid gloom over the global outlook.

  • HONG KONG— China's economic growth slowed to 7.4 percent in 2014, the weakest expansion in more than two decades, and is forecast to slip further over the next two years. The 2014 performance was the slowest for the world's second-biggest economy since 1990, when growth tumbled to 3.8 percent in the wake of economic sanctions after the Tiananmen Square...

  • HONG KONG— CORRECTS: China economy expands 7.3 percent in 4 Q; 2014 growth at 7.4 pct, lowest since 1990..

  • MELBOURNE, Jan 20- London copper climbed on Tuesday in thin trade ahead of a spate of Chinese economic reports that were expected to show stuttering growth in the world's top metals user, casting a pall on the outlook for metals demand. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.6 percent to $5,705 a tonne by 0127 GMT, reversing small losses from the...

  • *China faces significant downward pressure on economy- Premier. *Iraq announces record oil production for December. Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices fell below $49 a barrel and U.S. crude also fell more than $1 on Monday after the global economic outlook darkened and Iraq announced record oil production.

  • *China faces significant downward pressure on economy- Premier. *Iraq announces record oil production for December. Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices fell below $49 a barrel and U.S. crude also fell more than $1 on Monday after the global economic outlook darkened and Iraq announced record oil production.

  • *China faces significant downward pressure on economy- Premier. *Iraq announces record oil production for December. LONDON, Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices fell below $50 a barrel on Monday after the global economic outlook darkened and Iraq announced record oil production.

  • *China faces significant downward pressure on economy- Premier. LONDON, Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices fell below $50 a barrel on Monday after the global economic outlook darkened and Iraq announced record oil production. The world's biggest energy consumer, China, faces significant downward pressure on its economy, its premier Li Keqiang was quoted by state...

  • UPDATE 4-Oil prices slip on record Iraq output Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 5:17 AM ET

    *Iraq announces record oil production for December. LONDON, Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices fell below $50 a barrel on Monday after Iraq announced record oil production and the global economic outlook darkened. Abdel Mehdi said Iraq planned to a big increase in exports from the northern city of Kirkuk and the Kurdistan region, which would increase production to...

  • UPDATE 3-Oil prices dip on gloomy economic outlook Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 3:31 AM ET

    *Malaysia to announce measures as oil earnings slide. *Prices to be in $60- 80 a barrel range until 2020- analyst. SINGAPORE, Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices dipped back below $50 a barrel on Monday as Europe's and Asia's economic outlook darkened, although some price support came from falling U.S. output.

  • DUBLIN, Jan 19- The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Greece that there would be consequences to restructuring its debt after elections where opponents of the country 240 billion euro bailout lead in the polls. Leftist Syriza, which widened its opinion poll lead over the ruling conservatives ahead of the Jan. 25 vote, says it will cancel austerity...

  • *Prices to be in $60- 80 a barrel range until 2020- analyst. SINGAPORE, Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices traded around $50 a barrel on Monday, with some support coming from falling U.S. output growth but an expectation of weak Chinese economic data weighing on markets. China is due to report gross domestic product figures on Tuesday, which are expected to show China's...

  • Oil prices dip on gloomy Chinese, European outlook Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 8:37 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Jan 19- Oil prices fell in early Asian trade on Monday, with markets expecting gloomy Chinese economic data to be published this week. In Europe, the main event of the week will be Thursday's meeting of the European Central Bank, which is considered almost certain to see the launch of a government bond-buying campaign, pointing to further euro falls...

  • ISTANBUL, Jan 16- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday that the country's narrowing current account deficit and global economic trends suggested a need for an interest rate cut, but stressed the central bank alone would make the decision next week. "With this trend of a decline in the current account deficit and with this trend in the world...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 16- The Federal Reserve is still on track for a potential mid-year interest-rate increase, a top Fed official said on Friday, citing strong U.S. economic momentum despite weakness abroad. "I think that sometime around the middle of the year we are going to be closer to a decision, at least I would think we would be closer to it being an appropriate...

  • Within minutes of the Swiss National Bank's announcement it was ditching a policy to limit the rise of the currency, the franc had rocketed by about a third against the euro and the dollar. That's a clear indication investors have taken fright at the worsening outlook for Switzerland's exporters and economy. According to Morgan Stanley, 85 percent of Swiss...

  • *IEA: price floor "anybody's guess," recovery may not be imminent. LONDON, Jan 16- Brent crude oil rose more than $2 to around $50 a barrel on Friday after the West's energy watchdog forecast the market sell-off would end, although analysts said a strong rebound soon was unlikely as global output continued to outweigh demand. The International Energy Agency said the...