POLL-World economy to trudge on in 2012 despite Europe

Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:34pm GMT

* Europe to drag on world economic growth in 2012

* Emerging nations, U.S. to keep global economy ticking

* Asset polls suggest huge confusion over outlook

By Andy Bruce

LONDON, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Europe faces another year of dismal economic performance in 2012 that will weigh on global growth, but emerging markets and the United States should at least keep the world economy moving in the right direction.

There are several reasons why next year may be nothing to look forward to, according to Reuters polls from the last few months.

Many of the world's biggest developed economies are heading into recession, global stock markets look set to recoup only a fraction of their heavy losses in 2011, oil prices will head lower, and asset managers are unsure where best to invest.

And these could be the best-case scenarios.

Most economists base their assumptions on the hope that the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis will not boil over into a new global economic crisis, having already dented growth in major exporters to Europe.   Continued...

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