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Interest rates will stay higher for longer, the Bank of England says
The Bank revealed the tactic to curb price growth as it announced another rise in rates to 5.25% from 5%. It is the 14th increase in a row and takes borrowing costs to a fresh 15-year high.
Bank of England cuts economic growth forecasts
- The Bank also cut its forecasts for economic growth
- UK gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to grow by 0.5% in 2024 and 0.25% in 2025
- GDP growth is expected to remain below pre-pandemic rates for some time
Inflation remains high
- Inflation slowed to 7.9% in June, but remains nearly four times higher than the Bank of England’s 2% target
- The Bank plans to keep interest rates elevated until inflation returns to the target sustainably
Governor Andrew Bailey emphasizes importance of falling inflation
Governor Andrew Bailey said: “Inflation is falling and that’s good news. We know that inflation hits the least well-off hardest and we need to make absolutely sure that it falls all the way back to the 2% target. That’s why we’ve raised rates to 5.25% today.”
Longer timeline for inflation target
The Bank expects inflation to hit its 2% target between April and June in 2025, rather than the first three months of 2025 as previously predicted.
The Bank of England has announced a further increase in interest rates to tackle high inflation. While this is expected to slow economic growth, the Bank believes it is necessary to bring inflation back to its 2% target sustainably. Governor Andrew Bailey emphasized the importance of falling inflation, particularly for the least well-off. The Bank also revised its forecast for GDP growth, which is expected to remain below pre-pandemic rates for some time.