WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund yesterday issued a somber report warning that growth in the major industrial countries this year will be more sluggish than expected, in large part because of declining output in Europe and Japan.

The world economic outlook, as the semiannual report is known, is substantially more pessimistic than the one issued in April. And, says an IMF statement accompanying the report, "indications of a resumption of stronger growth in 1994 are still tentative."

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