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by Michael J. Shapiro | September 01, 2011

 The U.S. lodging recovery may not be as robust as previously anticipated, notes an updated forecast released this week by Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The consultancy revised its forecast based on the general economic outlook, lowering expectations for growth in revenue per available room. PwC now anticipates RevPAR increases of 7.5 percent this year and 6.2 percent in 2012 — down from the previous estimates of 7.6 percent and 7.0 percent, respectively. PwC’s updated numbers reflect a revised macroeconomic forecast from Macroeconomic Advisers, which substantially lowered expectations for growth in gross domestic product. PwC balanced that new economic outlook with the solid lodging trends in demand seen thus far this year. The full lodging forecast is available at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.