Key Interest Rate Unchanged
Sweden’s Central Bank announced Thursday that it is leaving its key interest rate unchanged at a record low 0.25 percent.
The Riksbanken does forecast that it expects to raise the repo rate slightly sooner than expected, in the summer or early autumn, rather than December. In a statement the bank says the assessment is that the upturn in the economy rests on more solid ground, which means there are sound reasons for raising the rate sooner than previously forecast.
The Swedish economy is now seen as expanding by 3 percent this year, while inflation has gone above expectations in recent months. The Swedish krona hit a 15 month high against the euro Thursday in response to the announcement.