The Bank of England today kept its key lending rate at a record low of 0.5%.
Analysts widely predicted the decision against the backdrop of recent encouraging signs Britain is emerging from a recession.
The nation's economy shrank 0.6% in Q2 compared with activity in the first three months of the year, which was better than the previous estimate of minus 0.7%, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last month.
The BoE had voted in September to freeze interest rates at 0.5% and continue its quantitative easing (QE) programme to pump out £175bn of new money. It today announced it was sticking with its QE targets.
The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries (AMI) says today's decision has put the Monetary Policy Committee under extra pressure to communicate a "clear direction" the next time it meets.
"The next round of data on inflation, GDP, balance of payments and unemployment will form an uneasy back-drop," AMI director Robert Sinclair says. "It will not be a meeting for the faint-hearted."
In the eurozone the ECB has held interest rates at 1%. It is thought the Bank will adopt a "wait and see" policy for several months before raising the rates, in order to encourage revival of the eurozone economy
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