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Brazil's central bank keeps 14.25% interest rate: officials

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Brazil's central bank on Wednesday held its benchmark interest rate at 14.25 per cent for a seventh consecutive time, amid the worst recession in decades and political instability.

[BRASÍLIA] Brazil's central bank on Wednesday held its benchmark interest rate at 14.25 per cent for a seventh consecutive time, amid the worst recession in decades and political instability.

The bank, which makes rate decisions eight times a year, has held its key Selic rate steady since the last of seven consecutive hikes in July 2015.

Despite the flailing economy - with a 3.8 per cent shrink in GDP last year forecast to persist through 2016 - the latest consensus of 100 economists and analysts in a weekly survey by the Central Bank's Focus magazine was for no change in the key rate.

AFP

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