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Exclusive: IEA revising oil demand growth forecast down on slowing economy


Added 07-19-19 01:03:01am EST - “The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reducing its 2019 oil demand forecast d...” - Reuters.com

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reducing its 2019 oil demand forecast due to a slowing global economy amid a U.S.-China trade spat, its executive director said on Thursday.

The IEA is revising its 2019 global oil demand growth forecast to 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd) and may cut it again if the global economy and especially China shows further weakness, Fatih Birol said.

Last year, the IEA predicted that 2019 oil demand would grow by 1.5 million bpd but had cut the growth forecast to 1.2 million bpd in June this year.

“China is experiencing its slowest economic growth in the last three decades, so are some of the advanced economies ... if the global economy performs even poorer than we assume, then we may even look at our numbers once again in the next months to come,” Birol told Reuters in an interview.

He said oil demand was hit by a trade war between the United States and China at a time when markets are awash with oil, due to rising U.S. shale production.

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