IMF calls for boost to global confidence

US - International Monetary Fund Managing Director Horst Koehler said on Thursday that global growth had been hurt by financial market uncertainty and called on world financial leaders to do their bit to restore calm.

"It is not productive to dwell on undue pessimism or doom and gloom," he told a press conference ahead of the fund's autumn meeting.

"There are still good reasons to expect recovering in the period ahead...(but) we need measures to restore confidence," he said, adding that the fin