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Deloitte's chief economist comments on today's Bank of England interest rate decision

04 August 2022

Commenting on the latest interest rate decision from the Bank of England, Ian Stewart, chief economist at Deloitte, said:

“Today's rate hike is part of a global trend towards more aggressive monetary tightening. The Bank of England and its peers are trying to catch up with far more powerful inflationary pressures than they had expected at the start of this year.

“Confronted with the highest inflation in 40 years, monetary policy has shifted from gradualism to activism. With the UK heading for even higher rates and double digit inflation later this year it will take a lot of luck to avoid a recession.”

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