US President Donald Trump’s trade war with China may hit global growth. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The International Monetary Fund said the world economy is plateauing as the lender cut its growth forecast for the first time in more than two years, (...)

Both global growth in 2017 and the growth forecast by the IMF for 2018 and 2019 are higher than in any year since the crisis, except for 2010 and 2011, the years of post-crisis recovery. This, then, is a time of fragile recovery.

The world economy is enjoying a period of strong economic growth. It is not growing as quickly as it did between 2003 and 2007, but, in view of how th(...)

The IMF contrasted its gloomier outlook for the UK with a rosier forecast for the rest of the EU, with 2017 growth upgrades for the four biggest euro zone countries – Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Photograph: Getty Images

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its growth forecast for the UK economy this year after a weak performance in the first three months of 2(...)

Chancellor George Osborne:  described the IMF’s warning as the clearest independent warning yet of the danger posed by Brexit. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Pro-EU campaigners have seized on an International Monetary Fund (IMF) warning about the impact of British exit from the European Union as evidence i(...)

The International Monetary Fund listed the June 23rd Brexit referendum as a key risk to the global economy alongside instability in China and other emerging markets. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Britain could deal a damaging blow to the fragile global economy if it votes to leave the European Union in June, the IMF said on Tuesday in the sharp(...)

Andrey Kostin (centre) , chief executive officer of VTB Bank PJSC, makes a telephone call between sessions during the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The world economy is precariously balanced between continued recovery and a third leg of the global financial crisis, according to leading economists (...)

A woman shops in a supermarket in Hangzhou. The IMF  has said a steeper slowing of demand in China remains a risk to global growth

The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year on Tuesday, citing a sharp slowdown in China tr(...)

IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld is flanked by Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti and Thomas Helbling of the IMF’s research department during a media briefing on the world economic outlook during its annual meeting in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

China’s slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the recession year 2009, the Inter(...)