Canada tapped to outperform most countries

Posted on 09. Jul, 2010 by in News

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – July 09, 2010 5:27 a.m.

Canada’s economy is on track to grow more quickly this year than previously expected, putting it ahead of the United States and most other advanced economies, according to new estimates from International Monetary Fund.

The IMF said Thursday it’s raising the 2010 growth forecast for Canada to 3.6 per cent from its previous estimate of 3.1 per cent, issued in April.

The IMF’s July report also raised its U.S. growth estimate to 3.3 per cent, up from 3.1 per cent and its world estimate to 4.6 per cent from 4.2 per cent.

Asian countries with rapidly maturing econ­omies will grow more quickly than the United States, Japan and European countries that have historically been more advanced. China’s growth for this year, for instance, is now projected at 10.5 per cent, up five percentage points, while the IMF expects India’s economy will advance 9.4 per cent this year (up six percentage points from April).

The Washington-based IMF said Europe’s debt crisis might stall the global rebound and governments need to shore up shaky public confidence.

Its quarterly World Economic Outlook warned that “risks have risen sharply” and Europe has to quickly resolve debt problems and restore confidence in its banks.

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