GLOBAL ECONOMY WEEKAHEAD-IMF, central banks in the spotlight

viernes 2 de octubre de 2015 15:08 GYT

* IMF meets in Lima

* Chinese slowdown set to dominate agenda

* Central banks meet in Britain, Japan, Australia

* Fed due to release Sept meeting minutes

By Balazs Koranyi

FRANKFURT, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Flanked by interest rate decisions in Britain, Japan and Australia, the IMF's annual meeting in Lima takes centre stage in the calendar next week, with policymakers focusing on China's economic slide and its impact on the rest of the world.

Activity in China's vast factory sector shrank again in September fuelling fears that the economy there may be cooling more rapidly than thought just a few months ago, with a reverberating impact on emerging and developed economies.

Meanwhile, unexpectedly weak U.S. jobs data out on Friday further clouded the global economic picture, and pointed to a much-anticipated rate hike from the Federal Reserve being delayed further.

Equity markets worldwide have been falling with Wall Street just recording its worst quarter since 2011, so IMF delegates, primarily central bank governors and finance ministers from around the globe, will seek reassurances from China that it can smooth, if not halt, its slide.   Continuación...