IMF cuts US growth outlook, urges Fed to delay rate hike

The International Monetary Fund on Thursday cut its 2015 growth forecast for the United States and called on the Federal Reserve to put off a rate hike until conditions are stronger. In an annual report of the world’s largest economy, the Fund said growth would reach only 2.5 percent this year due to the unexpected first quarter contraction, compared to the previous forecast of 3.1 percent in April.

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