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Sweden hikes rate to highest level in over 10 years

AFP . Stockholm
25 Nov 2022 00:00:00 | Update: 25 Nov 2022 02:31:24
Sweden hikes rate to highest level in over 10 years

Sweden’s central bank announced Thursday yet another large interest rate hike to combat inflation nearing 10 per cent, bringing its key rate to its highest level in more than 10 years.

The Riksbank raised its policy rate by 0.75 points to 2.50 per cent and warned that more increases were to come.

“Inflation is still far too high,” the bank said, adding that it was undermining the purchasing power of households and making it more difficult for them and businesses to plan their finances.

“The forecast shows that the policy rate will probably be raised further at the beginning of next year and then be just below three per cent,” it said. 

It noted however that it is “still difficult to assess how inflation will develop”.

Central banks worldwide have been raising borrowing costs in efforts to tame runaway prices, at the risk of causing recession as the moves slow economic activity.

The bank last increased its key rate in September, hiking it by one per centage point. Swedish inflation slowed to 9.3 per cent in October, down from a 30-year-high of 9.7 per cent in September, as lower energy costs helped bring down prices.