OECD raises growth forecasts on vaccine rollouts, U.S. stimulus

Barges sit at anchor on the Hudson River as sunset falls on the skyline of the west side of Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The global economic outlook is improving as vaccine rollouts allow businesses to resume operations and as the United States pumps trillions of dollars into the world’s largest economy, the OECD said on Monday, nudging its forecasts higher.

The global economy is set to grow 5.8% this year and 4.4% next year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said, raising its estimates from 5.6% and 4.0% respectively in its last forecasts released in March.

The global economy has now returned to pre-pandemic activity levels, but has not yet achieved the growth expected prior to the global health crisis, the OECD said in its latest Economic Outlook publication.

“The world economy is currently navigating towards the recovery, with lots

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