Floor traders around the world have been feeling the pangs of slowing economic growth.
The world economy this year is likely to grow at a rate of only 0.5 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund, which re-evaluated its figures after the U.K. officially entered into recession last week. The growth rate, as projected, is the lowest in more than 60 years.
World economic growth is set to fall to just 0.5% this year, its lowest rate since World War II, warns the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In October, the IMF had predicted world output would increase by 2.2% in 2009.
It now projects the UK, which recently entered recession, will see its economy shrink by 2.8% next year, the worst contraction among advanced nations.
The IMF says financial markets remain under stress and the global economy has taken a “sharp turn for the worse”.