The Bank of England (BoE) increased this Thursday its main interest rate to its level before the Covid-19 pandemic, to counter runaway inflation that could exceed 8% in 2022.
“The monetary policy committee voted to increase the bank rate by 0.25 percentage points, to 0.75%,” the BoE explained in the minutes of its meeting. is the third consecutive time that the British issuing bank raises its rates.
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In the UK, inflation already reached 4.9% in January, well above the 2% annual rate pursued by the BoE. And the climbs won’t stop there, he warned.
“Inflation will continue to rise in the coming months, around 8% in the second quarter of 2022 and perhaps more as the year progresses,” the bank said in its minutes.
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