IMF sees less severe global contraction but trouble in emerging markets

Forecasts for the global economy are "somewhat less dire" as rich nations and China have rebounded quicker than expected from coronavirus lockdowns, but the outlook for many emerging markets has worsened, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. The IMF forecast a 2020 global contraction of 4.4% in its latest World Economic Outlook, an improvement over a 5.

2% contraction predicted in June, when pandemic-related business closures reached their peak. The global economy will return to growth of 5.2% in 2021, the IMF.

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