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Bank of England Raises Key Interest Rate by 50 bps, Its Biggest Hike in Over 27 Years

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Bank of England Raises Key Interest Rate by 50 bps, Its Biggest Hike in Over 27 Years

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Last Updated: August 04, 2022, 18:36 IST

Bank of England's (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee voted 8-1 for a half percentage point rise in Bank Rate to 1.75 per cent.

Bank of England’s (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee voted 8-1 for a half percentage point rise in Bank Rate to 1.75 per cent.

The BoE warned that Britain was facing a recession with a peak-to-trough fall in output of 2.1%

The Bank of England raised interest rates by the most in 27 years on Thursday, despite warning that a long recession is on its way, as it rushed to smother a rise in inflation which is now set to top 13%.

Reeling from a surge in energy prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee voted 8-1 for a half percentage point rise in Bank Rate to 1.75% – its highest level since late 2008 – from 1.25%.

The 50-basis-point increase had been expected by most economists in a Reuters poll as central banks around the world scramble to contain the surge in prices.

MPC member Silvana Tenreyro cast a lone vote for a smaller 25-basis-point increase.

The BoE warned that Britain was facing a recession with a peak-to-trough fall in output of 2.1%, similar to a slump in the 1990s but far less than the hit from COVID-19 and the downturn caused by the 2008-09 global financial crisis.

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