Bank of England says UK in recession as it raises interest rates to 14-year high of 2.25% – business live

UK central bank predicts economy shrank for second quarter in a row, after shops closed and many stayed at home for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral

Norway’s central bank has joined the rate-hikers.

The Norges Bank has lifted its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points, to 2.25%, and signalled that the policy rate will probably be raised further in November.

Many will be facing a squeeze on finances given the rapid rise in prices at the same time as the policy rate is being raised.

But a faster rate rise now reduces the risk of inflation becoming entrenched at a high level and thereby the need for a sharper tightening of monetary policy further out.

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