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The Bank of England (BoE) announced its decision to maintain the main interest rate at a 16-year high, echoing the recent stance of the US Federal Reserve.

Despite signs of a slowing economy, BoE Governor Andrew Bailey emphasized that the current conditions do not warrant a rate reduction yet, but acknowledged a potential shift in the future as inflationary pressures ease.

Official data revealed a slight deceleration in UK annual inflation for February, largely attributed to easing food prices. While the rate dropped to a near 2.5-year low of 3.4 percent from January’s 4.0 percent, it remains above the BoE’s targeted two percent.

At 5.25 percent, the central bank’s interest rate stands at its highest level since February 2008, posing challenges for borrowers but offering opportunities for savers.

The BoE’s cautious approach underscores its commitment to balancing economic stability with growth prospects. Analysts and investors will closely monitor future developments, particularly any indications of policy adjustments as inflation dynamics evolve throughout the year.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

22nd March, 2024

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