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UK Treasury chief admits rating downgrade threat


February 19. 2013 8:49PM
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(AP) Britain's Treasury chief has acknowledged that the country may lose its triple A credit rating even though his economic strategy remains centered on getting the public finances under control.


George Osborne said Thursday that a downgrade wouldn't be a good thing but that it was only one way that investors evaluate countries.


Osborne's comments come in the wake of Fitch Ratings' warning that Britain's debt levels for 2015-16 announced were approaching the upper limit of the level consistent with the U.K. retaining its AAA status.


Fitch placed Britain's rating on negative outlook in March, and will conduct a review next year.


Rivals Moody's put the AAA rating on negative watch in February while Standard & Poor's has been more optimistic, affirming the top rating in April with a stable outlook.


Associated Press


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