General electric CEO says 'we see global growth accelerating'

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The head of General Electric said on Friday that the global economy is picking up speed even though the natural resources sector remains slow.

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"We see global growth accelerating, while the U.S. continues to improve," Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt said on a conference call after first-quarter results, adding that his visits to China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa this year showed "all are stronger than last year."

(Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)