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MPC vote boosts prospect of August rate hike:
Although interest rates were left unchanged following the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on 20 June, an additional dissenting voice has increased the likelihood of a rate rise at the next meeting in August. The Bank of England (BoE) left interest rates on hold last month but by a narrower than expected margin after the central bank’s Chief Economist, Andrew Haldane, unexpectedly joined the minority of policymakers voting to raise rates to 0.75%. This left the nine-member MPC split 6-3 in favour of holding rates at their current level of 0.5%. Rates were increased last November for the first time since the financial crisis, and the MPC had looked set to sanction a second rise in May, until the release of weaker than expected first quarter economic growth figures. However, minutes from the latest meeting suggest the MPC expects the poor early-year growth to prove “temporary” and that the pace of growth is likely to have picked up during the second quarter of the year.SFFS Economic Review_June 18