Nearly halved? Did you FAIL maths?
Last time I checked, a change in forecast from 8% to 5% represents a reduction of 37.5%.
That's much closer to a THIRD than it is to HALF.
Blatant exaggeration is irresponsible, not to mention unprofessional. No wonder everyone's obsessed with doom and gloom.
I'd suggest keeping to the facts if you wish to retain any kind of credibility.