Norway keeps interest rates unchanged at 2%

Norway's central bank held its key deposit rate steady at 2.0 percent on Thursday 11 August as was widely expected.

The decision kept Norges Bank's rate at the same level as euro zone rates. The bank raised the rate on June 30 from an all-time low of 1.75 percent, the first increase in three years, to control strong growth in the oil-dependent economy.

All 13 economists polled by Reuters last week had forecast that the bank would leave rates unchanged. Most expected the bank to raise rates once

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