ATLANTA CITY, N.J. — Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta president Dennis Lockhart indicated Monday he could vote for additional monetary easing under certain circumstances, but is not presuming the need for either further easing or tightening of monetary policy this year.

Lockhart, who will be voting on the Fed’s policymaking Federal Open Market Committee this year, anticipated real gross domestic product growth of 2.5% to 3% coupled with inflation near 2% in 2012. He said this assumes a continued “supportive monetary policy” and the absence of significant new negative shocks from Europe or elsewhere.

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