South Korea’s central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged for a fifth straight month on Thursday, despite concerns over whether growth in Asia’s fourth-largest economy is back on track.
The Bank of Korea’s (BOK) decision to leave the inter-bank lending rate at 2.75 per cent — after two cuts in July and October last year — was in line with most analysts’ expectations.
South Korea’s export-driven economy grew 2.0 per cent in 2012 — the slowest pace in three years — compared with 3.6 per cent growth in the previous year.
The deceleration was largely blamed on sagging demand due to the eurozone debt crisis and a slowdown in China.
The central bank recently slashed its forecast for economic growth for this year to 2.8 per cent from 3.2 per cent estimated last October.
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