Managing director Kristalina Georgieva blames rising trade conflicts that could mean a loss of around 0.8% of world GDP.
Public pressure grows to address big issues such as global warming.
Analysts say trade-driven boost was likely a temporary factor, particularly with weakening global economic conditions.
Predicts that US growth will slow to 2.5% next year as the effect of recent tax cuts wears off.
Manufacturing shows gains, oil and gas sector led the way with a 2.5% increase.
Poloz says economy’s unable to continue running at full tilt without the power of lower rates.
Growth in the fourth quarter was driven by a 2.3% increase in business investment.
Soctiabank projects the country would still see modest economic growth of 2.3% on the year
Sector gained 1.8%, the largest monthly increase since February 2014.
Also forecasting solid growth of 3% in 2019 and 2.9% in 2020 after 3% expansion in 2017
Private and international investors have lost confidence; not a competitive place to do business.
The two-month lull in activity reinforces the point that the frothy growth of the past year is done.
Recent pace of growth over the last year won’t be sustained going forward: RBC
Investors are losing confidence in Canada as a competitive place to do business.
Exports in goods and services rose 2.3%, while the export of energy products increased 9.2%.