Czech central bank holds rates

The Czech National Bank decided on Thursday to keep its benchmark interest rate at 3.25%.

The rate-setting board voted unanimously in favour of the decision.

Upside risks could affect the headline inflation forecast, but risks to the monetary policy-relevant inflation forecast are on the downside. The central bank listed the main risks as:

tax changes and faster-than-expected growth of regulated prices;

faster-then-expected growth of food prices

a drop in market expectations of the one year e