Riksbank Unanimous on Recent Rate Rise

Swedish central bank policymakers were unanimous in raising the repo interest rate by 25 basis points to 3.00 percent on December 14, according to minutes of the meeting shown on Tuesday.

Sweden’s economy has surged over the last two years as its industries have capitalised on global demand and consumers have benefited from rising asset prices and low interest rates and inflation.

The Riksbank raised rates six times in 2006 and is widely expected to continue to do so this year.

One member said the executive board saw inflation close to target two years ahead, although in the short-term it may be slightly lower than expected mainly due to lower energy prices.

Analysts said they still expected the Riksbank to carry on raising rates at a measured pace.

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