United Kingdom Interest Rate

The benchmark interest rate in the United Kingdom was last recorded at 0.50 percent. Interest Rate in the United Kingdom is reported by the Bank of England. Interest Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 8.09 Percent from 1971 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 17 Percent in November of 1979 and a record low of 0.50 Percent in March of 2009. In the United Kingdom, the Bank of England has operational independence. Decisions on interest rates are taken by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). The Bank of England official interest rate is the repo rate. This repo rate applies to open market operations of the Bank of England with a group of counterparties (banks, building societies, securities firms). This page provides - United Kingdom Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-04-24

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Dates Unit Frequency
0.50 0.50 17.00 0.50 0.50 | 2014/05 1971 - 2014 Percent Monthly

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United Kingdom Interest Rate
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CALENDAR GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-01-09 12:00 PM United Kingdom
BoE Interest Rate Decision
0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
2014-01-22 09:30 AM United Kingdom
MPC Meeting Minutes
2014-01-24 12:05 PM United Kingdom
BOE's Gov Carney speech
2014-01-29 12:15 PM United Kingdom
BOE's Gov Carney Speech
2014-02-06 12:00 PM United Kingdom
BoE Interest Rate Decision
0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
2014-02-12 10:30 AM United Kingdom
BoE Inflation Report
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Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Unit
Interest Rate 0.50 2014-04-10 0.50 17.00 0.50 0.50 2014-05-31 Percent [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 403722.00 2014-04-16 403786.00 415099.00 76991.00 394134.49 2014-05-31 GBP Million [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 110883.92 2014-03-31 108124.96 110883.92 35190.42 111458.33 2014-04-30 USD Million [+]
Interbank Rate 0.53 2014-03-31 0.53 18.11 0.48 0.50 2014-04-30 Percent [+]
Loans to Private Sector 2232036.00 2013-12-31 2276298.00 2601972.00 9046.00 2231518.21 2014-03-31 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M0 67303.00 2014-03-31 67082.00 67657.00 3528.00 67557.35 2014-04-30 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M1 1298817.00 2014-02-28 1287683.00 1298817.00 82171.00 1310999.81 2014-03-31 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M2 1428946.00 2014-02-28 1421114.00 1428946.00 114644.00 1434992.09 2014-03-31 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M3 2423859.00 2014-02-28 2401175.00 2423859.00 263027.00 2438780.09 2014-03-31 GBP Million [+]
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BoE Leaves Rate Steady

At its April 10th, 2014 meeting, Bank of England decided to leave the benchmark interest rate on hold at 0.5 percent and the size of its asset purchase programme unchanged at £375 billion, as widely expected.

On February 12th, the BoE’s Governor Mark Carney said the Bank would no longer tie its future policy decisions to any particular economic indicator and hinted that interest rates may need to start rising only in the second quarter of 2015.

Despite strong growth in 2013, the UK GDP is still below its pre-crisis peak. But industrial production rose more than forecast in February.

Unemployment remains above the 7 percent threshold and was recorded at 7.2 percent in the three months to January, unchanged from the previous period. 

In February, the inflation rate slowed to a 4-month low 1.7 percent, the lowest rate since October of 2009, remaining below the BoE’s 2 percent target for the second straight month. 

Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/10/2014 12:18:37 PM

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BoE Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged
The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee decided on March 6th 2014 to maintain the bank rate on hold at 0.5 percent, as widely expected. The stock of asset purchases was also left unchanged at 375 billion pounds. Published on 2014-03-06

Bank of England Drops Jobs Link With Interest Rate
The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, on February 12th, pledged the Bank would no longer tie its future policy decisions to any particular economic indicator and hinted that interest rates may need to start rising in 2015. Published on 2014-02-12


Interest Rate | Notes
The interest rate shown on this page refers to the central bank benchmark interest rate. Usually, the central bank benchmark interest rate is the overnight rate at which central banks make loans to the commercial banks under their jurisdiction. Moving the benchmark interest rate, the central bank is able to make an impact on interest rates of commercial banks, inflation level of the country and national currency exchange rate. Reduction of interest rates should bring increase in business activity, a rise in inflation rate and weakening of national currency. In case of increase in interest rates the level of business activity is likely to drop, inflation declines and national currency strengthens.


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