A panel of 36 economists surveyed in early September forecast slower growth, little inflation, low unemployment, and no recession in 1999, according to a report released Monday.

Economists polled by the National Association for Business Economics predicted that the nation's output of goods and services would grow 2.2% in 1999, versus an estimated 3.4% in 1998. The major reason, they said, is the expanding U.S. trade deficit, which is subtracted from output.

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