Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, pointing to the global and Swedish economic slowdown, said on Feb 2, 2001, it left key interest rates unchanged as widely expected by financial markets. The Riksbank said the repo rate, its chief monetary policy instrument, remained at 4.00 percent after the Feb. 1 board meeting. The deposit rate was steady at 3.25 percent and the lending rate was also unchanged at 4.75 percent. The central bank's next monetary policy meeting is scheduled for March 26.
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