World economy set to grow 4.0 pct in 2008: French bank governor

PARIS, June 25, 2008 (AFP) – The world economy is likely to grow by about 4.0 percent this year and the United States should avoid a recession, the governor of the Bank of France Christian Noyer said on Wednesday.


Noyer, who is also a member of the monetary policy council of the European Central Bank, told a press conference that “world growth should stabilise around 4.0 percent in 2008.”


The property crisis and the strong rise of raw material prices had left an impression that “the world economic cycle, until then going forward, was going to be set back.”


He said that some experts had “even envisaged a recession in the United States” but “the reversal has not occurred” and the United States had entered a period of “slower growth, and not a recession.”


Noyer, in a regular letter to the French president published on Wednesday, said that the world economy faced several risks.


One was an unexpectedly sharp fall in consumption arising from a fall of property prices, and another was continued acceleration of raw materials prices.


A third was a possibility that the financial crisis might slow down growth in “real economies” beyond the sectors of finance.


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