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Cut in Interest Rates

Commenting on the decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to reduce interest rates by 1% to 2% earlier this month, Ian McCafferty, CBI Chief Economic Adviser, said:

‘The economy needs a significant monetary stimulus and the Bank has clearly decided this will be best achieved by another big cut in interest rates. What is critical for business and consumers alike is that this reduction is passed on.

The economy is stalling, inflation is expected to undershoot the Bank’s own target and the headline RPI rate of inflation is likely to turn negative for at least a few months in 2009. We need to see lending improve and to keep business working.’

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