Norwegian Central Bank Governor Svein Gjedrem, citing high inflation growth, a burgeoning surplus, and increased government spending, indicated late on Feb 15 that Norway is unlikely to follow the lead of other central banks in cutting key lending rates. In his annual address to the central bank's supervisory council, Gjedrem noted that "Norway's economy is today characterized by substantial petroleum revenues, sharp growth in government expenditure, a tight labour market and high cost
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