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Oct 13, 2010 8:21 AM by Associated Press

Global oil demand seen stronger than expected

The International Energy Agency says it has raised its forecast for global oil demand this year and next following new data showing stronger-than-expected economic growth, especially in rich developed economies.

The Paris-based energy watchdog says global demand for crude will reach 86.9 million barrels a day this year, up from its forecast last month of 86.6 million barrels a day.

The IEA said in its monthly report Wednesday that oil demand next year will reach 88.2 million barrels a day, up from its forecast last month of 87.9 million barrels a day, based on the latest economic forecast from the International Monetary Fund earlier this month.

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