February 13, 2019 / 10:48 AM / 10 months ago

Bets of UK rate rise dip after soft inflation data

LONDON (Reuters) - Market expectations of an interest rate hike by the Bank of England this year dipped further after inflation fell to a two-year low in January.

Consumer prices rose at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in January after a 2.1 percent increase in December, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday. The figure is below a BOE target of 2 percent.

Swap markets moved expectations of a 25 basis point rate hike down by a notch to 30 percent from around 40 percent on Tuesday. The central bank last raised interest rates by a quarter point to 0.75 percent in August 2018.

Reporting by Sujata Rao; Editing by Tom Finn

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