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Troika eases Cyprus recession f’cast for 2013, ups 2014

Archive photo IMF Cyprus mission chief Delia Velculescu

International lenders assessing Cyprus’ progress in meeting a three-year adjustment programme said a recession this year would be less pronounced than anticipated, but upped their forecast for a loss in output next year.

Lenders now believe Cyprus will see its economy contract by 7.7 per cent this year from an earlier 8.7 per cent projection on restrained spending and better revenue performance, IMF Cyprus mission chief Delia Velculescu said.

She said however that recession forecasts for 2014 were increased to 4.8 per cent, from earlier calculations of 3.9 per cent, on a smaller disposable income and growing unemployment among the island’s residents.

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