Norway's central bank left its key policy rate at 0.50 percent, as expected, saying economic developments have been largely as it forecast in September when it also indicated that the policy rate would be maintained in coming months.
Norges Bank (NB), which cut its rate by 25 basis points in March, said oil prices had risen more than it had expected while the exchange rate of the krone had also appreciated but overall capacity utilization in the country's economy was broadly as projected in September.
Inflation, however, had been lower than expected, NB added.
Norway's inflation rate eased to a lower-than-expected 3.6 percent in September from 4.0 percent in August and 4.4 percent in July.
In its September monetary policy report, NB forecast 2016 inflation of 3.6 percent, 2017 inflation of 2.6 percent, 2018 inflation of 2.1 percent and 2019 inflation of 1.8 percent.
The central bank will update its economic forecasts on Dec. 15.
Norges Bank issued the following statement: