File - Employees attend a training session at the assembly line of compact car ETIOS at the new plant of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation in Sorocaba, 100km (62 miles) west of Sao Paulo, in this August 9, 2012. (REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker)
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Stronger U.S. growth this year and next will help the world economy withstand weaker recoveries in emerging markets including Brazil and Russia, the International Monetary Fund said.The IMF predicted global growth of 3.6 percent this year, compared with a January estimate of 3.7 percent.The IMF sees the U.S. accelerating to a 2.8 percent expansion this year and 3 percent in 2015, unchanged from forecasts in January.The risk of deflation, which the IMF sees at 20 percent by the end of the year, comes as the eurozone's economy is expected to grow for the first time in three years following its sovereign-debt crisis.The IMF forecast an expansion in the 18-country eurozone of 1.2 percent this year, from 1 percent in January, raising the prediction for Spain by 0.3 percentage point to 0.9 percent. Growth in France this year is seen at 1 percent, and Germany's economy is projected to gain 1.7 percent, the IMF said, lifting both countries' outlook by 0.1 percentage point from January estimates.
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