Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bank of Canada keeps key rate unchanged

Reprinted courtesy of CBC NEWS

The Bank of Canada left its key overnight interest rate unchanged Thursday as it again warned that a high Canadian dollar poses a risk to economic recovery.

The target for the overnight rate will remain at 0.25 per cent. Economists had expected no change.

The central bank also reiterated its commitment to leave the key rate at that level through the middle of next year as long as inflation remains in check.

The central bank said growth for the remainder of the year will likely be higher than it forecast earlier this summer.

"Combined with recent information on inventory adjustments and automotive production, this suggests that GDP growth in the second half of 2009 could be stronger than the bank projected in July," it said in a release.

The central bank said it still expects inflation will remain low and will return to its two per cent target in the second quarter of 2011 "as aggregate supply and demand return to balance."

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