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Global demand for oil from Opec next year will be less than expected because of weaker growth in consumption and the US shale boom, the group said on Wednesday, pointing to an increasing supply surplus in 2015.

[LONDON] Global demand for oil from Opec next year will be less than expected because of weaker growth in consumption and the US shale boom, the group said on Wednesday, pointing to an increasing supply surplus in 2015.

In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) forecast demand for the group's oil will drop to 28.92 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2015, down 280,000 bpd from its previous expectation.

The report follows Opec's decision last month not to cut output despite plunging prices, as top exporter Saudi Arabia urged fellow members to combat the US shale oil boom which has been eroding Opec's market share.

REUTERS

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