March 20, 2008 / 6:15 PM / 12 years ago

RPT-IMF sees U.S. close to recession -ANSA news agency

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ROME, March 20 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund considers that the U.S. economy “remains very weak, certainly close to a possible recession”, according to a leaked report quoted by Italian news agency ANSA on Thursday.

Quoting a draft of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook which is due to be published for a meeting of April 12-13, ANSA said the IMF considered the dollar “rather strong” despite recent depreciation and that it expected a crude prices to be around $95 in 2008 and 2009.

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