Canada’s economy is set to outperform nearly all industrialized countries this year and next, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday, leading analysts to declare the country does not need additional stimuli as advocated by certain world leaders at this week’s Group of Eight summit.

The latest IMF outlook suggested the world economy is “beginning to pull out” of the deepest recession since the Second World War. The global economy will shrink 1.4% this year, it said, but growth of 2.5% is now expected in 2010, an improvement of just over a half-percentage point from its previous forecast in April.

As for Canada, the IMF said the economy would contract the least among industrialized nations this year, with a drop of 2.3%, compared with the 3.8% shortfall expected among all advanced economies. In 2010, the Canadian economy is set to post growth of 1.6%, or second-best among advanced nations after Japan’s expected 1.7% gain. In contrast, the U.S. economy is seen recording meagre growth of 0.8%, or half the Canadian output.

Read the full article by Paul Vieira “Canada’s economy set to shine on world stage: IMF” in the National Post (July 8, 2009).

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