NEW YORK -- U.S. interest rates, dramatically slashed by the Federal Reserve in December, may slide further in 1992 as the economy continues to struggle early in the year, analysts are saying.

Like the Fed itself, economists have reassessed the economic slump's severity and have reduced their interest rate forecasts in the past two weeks. They cut their federal funds estimate for June to 3.5%, from the current 4% target, and today's 6.5% prime rate could be cut to 6% or lower, they said.

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