WASHINGTON, April 11 The IMF's forecast for
another year of strong growth, with some risks, is based on the
notion that the U.S. housing market will bottom out and a
slowdown in U.S. capital spending will be reversed, a senior
IMF official said on Wednesday.
At a briefing with reporters, the senior official played
down expectations of a major announcement on global economic
imbalances when finance ministers meet in Washington this
"Don't expect a thunder-clap announcement that will change
imbalances," the official said, adding that a successful
outcome will depend on if the five participating countries --
the United States, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and euro area
nations, think the process was useful.