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The West's demand for oil tops 1st-quarter forecast

Noncommunist world oil demand in the first quarter of 1984 has grown faster than previously expected, led by North America and the Pacific, the International Energy Agency said.

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In its latest monthly oil market report the Paris-based agency said: ''First estimates for first quarter 1984 consumption show a sharp increase of 5.7 percent for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) area as a whole.''

Both North America and the Pacific regions were experiencing colder than normal winters, the agengy said. But for the European region, a continuing decline in consumption was expected.

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