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IMF projects India's economic growth at 9.7%

Advanced economies, on the other hand, are projected to grow by just 2.7 per cent in the current financial year and 2.2 per cent in the next, the report said.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected the Indian economy will grow by 9.7 per cent in 2010-11 and 8.4 per cent in the next financial year, driven by robust industrial production and macro-economic performance.

However, neighbouring China is expected to grow at an even faster rate of 10.5 per cent in 2010-11 and and 9.6 per cent in 2011-12, driven by domestic demand, the IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report.

Advanced economies, on the other hand, are projected to grow by just 2.7 per cent in the current financial year and 2.2 per cent in the next, the report said, adding global trade is forecast to expand by 4.8 per cent in 2010 and 4.2 per cent in 2011, with a temporary slowdown during the second half of 2010 and the first half of 2011.

"India's macro-economic performance has been vigorous, with industrial production at a two-year high. Leading indicators - the production manufacturing index and measures of business and consumer confidence - continue to point upwards," the IMF said.

"Growth is projected at 9.7 per cent in 2010 and 8.4 per cent in 2011, led increasingly by domestic demand. Robust corporate profits and favorable external financing will encourage investment," it said.

"Recent activity (10 per cent year-over-year growth in real gross domestic product at market prices in the second quarter) was driven largely by investment and the contribution from net exports is projected to turn negative in 2011, as the strength in investment further boosts imports," the IMF said.

According to the World Economic Outlook report, growth in emerging Asia economies stands at about 9.5 per cent, with robust demand from China, India, and Indonesia benefiting other Asian economies.

The recovery is now well established, and a transition from public stimulus to private-sector-led growth is underway, it said.

Latin America has also recovered strongly, with real GDP growth at about 7 per cent.

The recovery in Latin America is being led by Brazil, where real GDP growth has been close to 10 per cent since the third quarter of 2009 and the economy is now showing signs of overheating, the report added.

A number of other economies have also returned to solid growth. However, Mexico is lagging behind, partly because of its strong trade linkages with the United States.

Growth in Mexico recently picked up on the back of strengthening exports to the US, but the output gap remains large.

The World Economic Outlook projects that the output of emerging and developing economies will expand at a rate of 7.1 per cent and 6.4 per cent, respectively, in 2010 and 2011.

"The global recovery remains fragile, because strong policies to foster internal rebalancing of demand from public to private sources and external rebalancing from deficit to surplus economies are not yet in place," it said.

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