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INTEREST RATES UP BUT NO RUSH TO RAISE AGAIN
The Bank of England (BoE) has raised interest rates for only the second time in more than a decade, but stuck to its previous guidance that any further monetary tightening is likely to be only gradual and limited in extent.
On 2 August, the nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to raise the official bank rate by a quarter of a percentage point, from 0.5% to 0.75%. This took interest rates to their highest level since March 2009.
After making the announcement, BoE Governor Mark Carney suggested it was likely that further rate rises would be required over the next couple of years, in order to fulfil the BoE’s obligation of keeping consumer price inflation at around 2%.