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Bank of England enthusiastic about UK recovery, according to November minutes

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 - 20:43 UTC
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David Kern, chief economist at Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses will be pleased with the unanimous decision to keep rates on hold” (Pic BBC) David Kern, chief economist at Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses will be pleased with the unanimous decision to keep rates on hold” (Pic BBC)

The UK is in a sustained recovery and does not face major inflation risks, Bank of England policymakers have said. Minutes from the Monetary Policy Committee's November meeting showed the nine members all voted to leave interest rates at 0.5%.

 The committee also signaled that it was in no rush to raise interest rates and might not do so immediately even after unemployment had fallen to 7%. Last week, the bank said unemployment could fall faster than predicted.

The committee said there were uncertainties over the “durability” of the recovery. It also said there were few signs that expectations of higher inflation were feeding into wage increases.

The Bank of England said: “There could be a case for not raising Bank Rate immediately when the 7% unemployment threshold was reached.”

The committee also decided not to add to its monetary stimulus program of quantitative easing (QE), under which it has already made £375bn of bond purchases between March 2009 and October 2012.

Unemployment in the UK stands at 7.6%, according to the Office for National Statistics, while inflation, as measured by the consumer prices index, fell to 2.2% in October.

The Bank of England has said it expects to see growth of 0.9% in the fourth quarter. At the same time, business surveys and housing market indicators have reinforced the picture of improving economic conditions. But the minutes said household spending was still under pressure and the UK could be vulnerable to instability in the Euro-zone.

“The UK economy remained vulnerable to disorderly adjustment in the euro area and some emerging economies,” the minutes said.

David Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses will be pleased with the unanimous decision to keep rates on hold, as well as the reiteration that reaching the 7% unemployment threshold will not automatically trigger a rate increase.

But he added: ”The MPC's forecast for unemployment is optimistic, and while we expect growth to strengthen over the next few years, it is unlikely to be as rapid as the MPC expects”.

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  • Britworker

    A good economic success story from the south american news agency, shame it isn't in south america.

    Nov 20th, 2013 - 09:39 pm 0
  • DanyBerger

    I just wonder what are your parameters to call this “A good economic success story”????

    Just a stagnated economy having a little summer driven by pumped money from BoE (QE) and properties prices rising from cheap credits.

    But wait a minute it is not the same formula that dragged Ukistan into this mess???

    Meanwhile in the real world more bad news from the Dark Kingdom

    External debt until dec 31 2012 : U$s 10.09 trillion

    Trade deficit until dec 31 2012: -U$s 168bn (wow this looks as a huge hole)

    Nothing new the Titanic steady heading to the iceberg...

    Nov 20th, 2013 - 10:44 pm 0
  • Britworker

    Don't worry about us, we are doing ok:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10457384/UK-growing-at-fastest-rate-in-developed-world-says-OECD.html

    I can cope with 0.5% interest rates and 2% inflation, we are well on the road to full recovery and we pay our debts.

    Nov 20th, 2013 - 11:18 pm 0
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