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November 02, 2017

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to increase the Bank Rate by 0.25 percentage points to 0.5% and to maintain the UK non-financial corporate bonds stock of £10 billion and the stock of UK government bond purchases at £435 billion. The MPC notes that "monetary policy cannot prevent either the necessary real adjustment as the United Kingdom moves towards its new international trading arrangements or the weaker real income growth that is likely to accompany that adjustment over the next few years". The MPC is balancing the speed at which to return inflation to target and support that monetary policy provides to jobs and economic activity through most of the forecast period. In raising the Bank Rate, the MPC noted that slack in the economy has eroded and the unemployment rate is at a 42-year low.

UK GDP is expected to grow modestly over the next few years at a reduced potential rate. Consumption growth will remain sluggish in the near term while net trade is lifted by strong global demand and past sterling depreciation. Business investment is growing at a moderate pace but is being influenced by uncertainties around Brexit. CPI inflation was 3.0 per cent in September and is expected to rise further in coming months as the past depreciation of sterling and rising energy prices are passed through to consumer prices.


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