WASHINGTON - While President-elect Bill Clinton contemplates how to put more pep in the U.S. economy, some of his biggest challenges may come from an unexpected source next year - overseas.

During the economic summit last week in Little Rock, Clinton was told in no uncertain terms that the outlook for growth in Europe and Japan is getting progressively gloomier. While the U.S. economy will probably revive slowly next year, Europe and Japan are likely to remain weak.

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