Commenting on today’s decision from the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee to maintain the Bank Rate at 0.5 percent and to increase the asset purchase programme by £50 billion to £375 billion, KPMG Chief Economist, Andrew Smith, said:
“This latest tranche of QE reflects the Committee’s deep concern that, far from recovering, after flat-lining for two years the economy is in the middle of a renewed downward lurch. The technical recession at the turn of the year has extended into the summer and recent survey evidence points to further weakening to come. With inflation now rapidly falling back towards target, the decision was a no-brainer.
“Effectively, the Bank has torn up the forecast it made only two months ago. With domestic demand set to be undermined as public spending cuts bite, and the eurozone crisis stymieing any chance of export-led growth, projections of ½ - ¾ % growth this year now look like pie in the sky.
“Renewed QE should provide some boost by holding down borrowing rates but is no silver bullet. More imaginative monetary policies - and perhaps even a fiscal stimulus - may be required to counteract the contractionary forces which are now gripping the economy.”
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