Thursday, 16 January 2014 - 8:25
IMF head Christine Lagarde warns of deflation risks
The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned about the risks to global economic recovery of deflation.
Christine Lagarde said that "optimism is in the air" about growth, but the recovery is still "fragile".
Earlier, the World Bank said that the global economy was at a "turning point" but "remained vulnerable".
There has, for example, been growing debate about whether deflation might take hold in the eurozone, where inflation remains persistently below the European Central Bank's target.