The bumps in the road to global recovery

Advanced economies are battling high levels of public and private debt, while emerging markets are taking on structural reforms amid a tougher financial environment.

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The recovery continues, but it remains weak -- indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April.

We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are. To a large extent, it reflects something that has already happened, namely the large negative US growth rate in the first quarter. But it is not all due to that. It also reflects a number of small downward revisions, both in advanced and in emerging economies.

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