Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bank of Albania Raises Interest Rate 25bps to 5.25%

The Bank of Albania raised its main monetary policy interest rate by 25 basis points to 5.25%, citing growing inflationary pressures. The Bank noted that "This is a change in our policy and we believe that it will help in achieving our objectives in the near future,". Albania reported inflation of 4.5% on an annual basis in February this year, with food prices increasing 4.9%. Albania has experienced higher inflation as a result of one-offs from tax increases, currency depreciation, rising import prices, and an expanding monetary base.


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