MADRID Oct 8 Spain's economy may grow above 3.1
percent in 2016, up from the current official target of 2.9
percent, despite the current political deadlock, acting Economy
Minister Luis de Guindos told reporters in Washington on
"My understanding is that we will beat this forecast, the
accurate (figure) will be better than the forecast from the
International Monetary Fund," De Guindos told reporters on the
sidelines of an IMF and World Bank meeting in Washington.
The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday increased its
2016 growth forecast for Spain to 3.1 percent from 2.6 percent.
It also increased its 2017 forecast by 0.1 of a percentage
Spain is growing at one of the fastest paces in the euro
zone despite nine months without a government after two
(Reporting By Jesús Aguado; editing by Robert Hetz)