Following the decision to keep interest rates on hold in June, Andrew Smith, chief economist at KPMG in the UK commented:
“The MPC hawks may now have missed the boat as far as an interest rate rise this year is concerned.
“The growth/inflation trade-off is becoming ever more acute as inflation continues to rise but signs of weak growth accumulate, but for the moment, this is entrenching the hawks and doves on the Committee in their respective positions.
“This stalemate between those more worried about inflation, who want to tighten policy, and those more worried about growth, who want to keep rates on hold, could continue for an extended period. With the fiscal squeeze now starting to bite and the Chancellor emphatically ruling out a U-turn the prospects for the recovery will remain under a cloud, while on the Committee’s own forecasts inflation is yet to peak. It may well be 2012 before the stand-off is resolved.”
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