Sri Lanka holds despite record-high inflation

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka left rates unchanged at 10.5% for the fourth-straight month on Friday to support growth in spite of rampant inflation.

The new Colombo Consumers' Price Index climbed to 26.2% in the year to May, up from 25% the previous month. The measure is at its highest level since it was introduced in December 2007 and is far above the 11% upper limit of the central bank's target range.

However, the institution said that though inflation would rise for the year to June, it wa