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US econ growth gauge still indicates slowdown-ECRI

 NEW YORK, June 25 (Reuters) - - A measure of future U.S.
economic growth rose slightly in the latest week, but its
annualized growth rate continued to fall, indicating the
economy is about to slow, a research group said on Friday.
 The Economic Cycle Research Institute, a New York-based
independent forecasting group, said its Weekly Leading Index
rose to 122.9 in the week ended June 18, up from 122.4 the
prior week, originally reported as 122.5.
 The index's annualized growth rate fell to minus 6.9
percent from a revised  minus 5.8 percent, originally reported
as minus 5.7 percent.
 That was its lowest level since May 22, 2009, when it stood
at minus 8.7 percent.
 "After falling for six weeks, the uptick in the level of
the Weekly Leading Index suggests some tentative stabilization,
but the continuing decline in its growth rate to a 56-week low
underscores the inevitability of the slowdown," said Lakshman
Achuthan, managing director of ECRI.
  (Reporting by Ciara Linnane; Editing by Padraic Cassidy)


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