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Serbia's c-bank to keep key repo rate unchanged by end-2019 - Erste

Author Radomir Ralev
Serbia's c-bank to keep key repo rate unchanged by end-2019 - Erste Author: SeeNews. License: All rights reserved.

BELGRADE (Serbia), August 9 (SeeNews) - Erste Group expects Serbia's central bank, NBS, to keep its repo rate unchanged at 2.5% by the end of the year, the Austria-based banking group said.

"Following two consecutive rate cuts, we see the central bank holding the key rate unchanged at 2.50% by the year's end, while closely monitoring inflation and external environment developments," Erste said in a note on Thursday, after NBS announced the second rate cut in as many months.

Overall, the stance of the monetary policy should remain accommodative and growth-supportive, with further interventions on the foreign exchange market to tame dinar volatility, Erste opined.

On Thursday, Serbia's central bank decided to cut its key repo rate to 2.5% from 2.75% to back lending and economic growth amid low inflationary pressure. The central bank said it was guided by the medium-term inflation projection and the expected development of other macroeconomic indicators from the domestic and international environment.

NBS cut the repo rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 2.75% in July, saying the easing aimed to support economic growth.