IMF Cuts U.S. Growth Forecast

Predicts 2.5% growth this year, down from previous 2.8% forecast, and 2.7% in 2012.

The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for U.S. growth in 2011 for the second time in two months, warning that further setbacks to a recovery pose growing threats to the world economy, along with potential contagion from the European debt crisis.

The U.S. economy will grow 2.5 percent this year and 2.7 percent in 2012, down from the 2.8 percent and 2.9 percent projected in April, the IMF said today, citing higher commodity prices and bad weather in the first quarter and a weak housing market. The Washington-based IMF now sees the world economy expanding 4.3 percent this year, down from 4.4 percent two months ago. It left a 4.5 percent forecast for next year unchanged.

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