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  • OECD SEES Q/Q ANNUALISED JAPANESE GDP GROWTH OF 4.8 PCT IN Q1, BOOSTED BY CONSUMER SPENDING AHEAD OF SALES TAX HIKE.

  • TABLE-OECD quarterly GDP forecasts for major economies Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    PARIS, March 11- Following are updated forecasts from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development for growth in the world's main developed economies in the first and second quarters of 2014. The GDP forecasts are for annualised, quarter-on-quarter growth and are based on GDP releases and high-frequency indicators published up to March 10.

  • Emerging economies holding back global recovery - OECD Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    PARIS, March 11- The recovery in developed economies is on track although slowing activity in big emerging markets means global growth will be only moderate at best in the near term, the OECD said on Tuesday.

  • OECD SAYS GROWTH IN MAJOR ADVANCED ECONOMIES WILL BE "SOMEWHAT SLOWER" IN FIRST HALF OF 2014 THAN SECOND HALF OF 2013.

  • OECD SAYS SUB-PAR GROWTH IN EMERGING ECONOMIES MEANS GLOBAL GROWTH WILL BE ONLY MODERATE IN NEAR TERM.

  • OECD SEES Q/Q ANNUALISED GERMAN GDP GROWTH OF 3.7 PCT IN Q1, 2.5 PCT IN Q2.

  • BRUSSELS, March 10- In its effort to show Russia it means business over Ukraine, the European Union may have created extra problems for itself in committing to a quick political deal with Kiev while leaving closer economic ties for later.

  • *Portugal to more than halve deficit by end-2015, then more. LISBON, March 9- Portugal's international bailout is expected to end in mid-May. To avoid a repeat of the 78 billion euro financial rescue agreed in May 2011 with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, Lisbon cannot let up on shrinking its budget gap and trimming a huge sovereign debt.

  • WASHINGTON, March 7- The International Monetary Fund mission to Ukraine is "progressing well" and Ukrainian authorities are committed to economic reforms, a senior IMF official said on Friday after a visit to the country.

  • Ukrainian officials committed to reforms, IMF says Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 7- The International Monetary Fund mission to Ukraine is going well, and the Ukrainian authorities are committed to economic reforms, a senior IMF official said on Friday after a visit to the country.

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- Finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich nations on Sunday pledged to throw a financial lifeline to Ukraine as long as the new government in Kiev agreed to pursue economic reforms sought by the International Monetary Fund.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 28- The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Friday that there was no need to "panic" in terms of delivering economic aid to Ukraine, which has been hit with economic turmoil after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- Income inequality can lead to slower or less sustainable economic growth, while redistribution of income, when measured, does not hurt and can even help an economy, IMF staff found in a research study released on Wednesday.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 24- The Group of 20' s proposal to lift economic activity by 2 percent over the next five years has so many holes in it, there's no wonder it was the first official target that all members felt happy to agree on. The International Monetary Fund has said it will be watching for progress on the plans, but it has no power to compel or punish.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 23- The world's top economies have embraced a goal of generating more than $2 trillion in additional output over five years while creating tens of million of new jobs, signalling optimism that the worst of crisis-era austerity was behind them.

  • The world's top economies have embraced a goal of generating more than $2 trillion in additional output over five years while creating tens of million of new jobs, signalling optimism that the worst of crisis-era austerity was behind them. >TEXT-G20 Communique after Sydney meeting. >China to aim for 7-8 pct economic growth- c.bank chief.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 23- The world's top economies have embraced a goal of generating more than $2 trillion in additional output over five years while creating tens of million of new jobs, signalling optimism that the worst of crisis-era austerity was behind them.

  • HIGHLIGHTS-Key points from G20 communique Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 | 10:42 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Feb 24- The world's top economies have adopted a soft target of adding at least 2 percentage points to growth over five years, a source said, signalling optimism that the worst of crisis-era austerity was behind them. The following are key points from the communique at the conclusion of the Group of 20, according to the source.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 23- The world's top economies have adopted a soft target of adding at least 2 percentage points to growth over five years, a source said, signalling optimism that the worst of crisis-era austerity was behind them.

  • WRAPUP 1-G20 ready to aspire to faster global growth Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 | 9:13 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Feb 23- The world's top economies are on the verge of adopting a soft target of adding an extra 2 percentage points to global growth over five years at a meeting in Sydney, signalling optimism that the worst of crisis-era austerity was behind them.