Sweden Monetary Policy


Sweden: Riksbank maintains repo rate at 1.50%

April 18, 2012

At its 18 April monetary policy meeting, the Central Bank (Riksbank) left its repo rate unchanged at 1.50%, in a decision that was expected by market analysts. Monetary authorities had cut the policy rate by 25 basis points at its last two previous meetings in February and December. The Central Bank's decision aims at supporting economic recovery at home amid a low-inflation environment. The Riksbank sounded relatively upbeat about the Swedish economy, stating that both domestic demand and exports should increase going forward, after GDP plunged in the last quarter of 2011. Still, according to the Central Bank, economic growth will be lacklustre this year. In addition, the Bank noted that Euro area economies remain vulnerable and their performance is expected to be weak in the short run. Regarding price developments, the Riksbank acknowledged that


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Note: Riksbank Repo Rate in %.
Source: Riksbank.

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