Bank of England keeps interest rates at record low

2206505-bank-of-england1-730x400-1474473194London – The Bank of England has decided to keep interest rates at a record low 0.25 percent after slowing inflation damped the clamor for an increase, reports AP/UNB.

The bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voted to keep rates on hold amid uncertainty about Britain’s economic prospects as it prepares to leave the European Union.

Some economists had called for a rate increase after inflation accelerated to 2.9 percent in May, well above the bank’s target of 2 percent. But the rate dipped to 2.6 percent in June, easing pressure for a rise.

The decision came just after a report on Thursday showed Britain’s dominant services sector recovered slightly last month. The Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index rose to 53.8 points in July, from a four-month low of 53.4 in June.


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