The results are in line with optimistic calls from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In October, the international body held its growth estimate for developed countries — including the euro area, the U.S., U.K., Japan and Canada — at 1.2 percent in 2013 and 2.0 percent in 2014.
However, the BRIC countries — the acronym coined in 2001 for the then-fast-growing economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China — suffered some of the largest growth downgrades by the IMF. It cut its 2013 outlook for each of Russia, India and China, and its 2014 forecast for all four BRIC nations. It now expects global growth of 2.9 percent this year, a cut of 0.3 percentage points from July's estimate, and attributed the cut to weakness in emerging economies.
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CNBC's CFO Council survey reflected these concerns over emerging markets. Over 80 percent of respondents had fears over slowing growth to some degree. Just 9 percent indicated that they were unconcerned. When asked about macroeconomic issues, emerging market slowdown and China's slowing growth received a significant degree of concerned responses.
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