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Researchers at UOB Group now sees the BoE hiking once during this year, and most likely the announcement could come at the August meeting.

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“Following the BoE’s commentary, the market is now essentially 50/50 priced for a rate hike at the next Inflation Report meeting on 2 August”.

“As highlighted, the latest decision to stay on hold is likely a delay, rather than abandonment, of the BoE’s plans to gradually normalize monetary policy”.

“That said, we maintain our view of just one rate hike in 2018. As for the timing, we think a rate hike in August is contingent on growth bouncing back and negotiations on the Brexit front staying positive”.