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Kazakh CB Sees Slower Inflation

Kazakh CB Sees Slower Inflation Kazakh CB Sees Slower Inflation

Kazakhstan’s central bank expects inflation to slow in 2018 to below the lower boundary of its 5-7% target range, it said on Monday, increasing the possibility of a cut to interest rates next week, Reuters reported. “There is a high likelihood of a significant slowdown in inflation and it going below the lower boundary of the target corridor of 5-7% for 2018,” the central bank said in a statement. The regulator will review its policy rate, currently 9.5%, on April 16. It has cut the rate twice this year by a total of 75 basis points. Annual inflation in the oil-rich Central Asian nation accelerated to 6.6% in March from 6.5% in February. But the central bank said it could slow later this year because of low inflation in countries with which Kazakhstan trades, weak domestic consumption and low global food prices.

 

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