Saturday, 20 March 2010

India raises interest rates

The tightening trend continues, with India taking action on Friday. Bloomberg reports:

The Reserve Bank of India yesterday increased the benchmark reverse repurchase rate to 3.5 percent from a record-low 3.25 percent and the repurchase rate to 5 percent from 4.75 percent, saying containing inflation has become “imperative.”

Governor Duvvuri Subbarao’s move comes after Australia and Malaysia increased rates this month, while Norway and Israel did so at the end of last year as the global economy’s recovery from the worst recession since World War II gathers pace. The World Bank indicated this week that China should also act to help contain the risk of a property bubble...

... Subbarao moved after India’s industrial production gained 16.7 percent in January following a 17.6 percent increase in December from a year earlier, the fastest pace since at least 1994, according to Bloomberg data. The wholesale-price inflation rate touched 9.89 percent in February, according to the commerce ministry.

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