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World growth holding up, but interest rates to peak higher – Fitch

Fitch Ratings has disclosed that global growth is showing near-term resilience but core inflation remains stubbornly high...

World growth holding up, but interest rates to pea
World growth holding up, but interest rates to pea

Fitch Ratings has disclosed that global growth is showing near-term resilience but core inflation remains.

stubbornly high.



In its n its June Global Economic Outlook (GEO), it said central banks.

will have to continue tightening policy in the coming months.



With monetary policy adjustments and their impact on the economy proving more protracted,.

the rating agency said the global growth outlook for 2024 has deteriorated.



“World activity is holding up better than expected and Fitch has raised its.

forecast for global GDP growth in 2023 to 2.

4%, from 2.

0% in the March GEO”.



Fitch opined that the biggest upgrades have been to emerging markets (EM) where.

incoming data have been a lot stronger than expected.



“We have revised up EM ex-China growth for 2023 to 2.

9% from 2.

0% with Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia seeing substantive improvements.

We have raised China’s 2023 forecast to 5.

6% from 5.

2% after a swifter-than-expected reopening rebound in 1Q23.

The recovery has faltered somewhat in recent months but consumption continues to normalise and macro.

policy is starting to be eased”.



“We have also raised our US growth forecast for 2023 to 1.

2% from 1.

0% as consumption and jobs growth remain robust.

We still expect Fed tightening to push the economy into a mild recession, but the.

timing of this has been pushed out to 4Q23-1Q24.

Our US growth forecast for 2024 has, accordingly, been cut to 0.

5% from 0.

8%”, it added.


Also, eurozone growth forecasts for 2023 and 2024 are unchanged at 0.

8% and 1.

4%, respectively.



The European natural gas crisis has eased further but the ECB is tightening.

monetary policy more aggressively, Fitch said, adding “we still expect a UK recession in 2023.

as higher interest rates increase the household debt-service burden”.


“We have lowered our world GDP forecast for 2024 to 2.

1% from 2.

4% in March, due to longer lags in the impact of higher interest rates, along.

with weaker base effects for EM growth”, it continued.


Headline inflation has fallen, but core inflation remains stubbornly high, perpetuated by rising services.

inflation.



Wage growth in the US and Europe has far exceeded rates consistent with.

inflation targets as labour markets remain tight.

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