Thailand raises interest rates

The central bank of Thailand raised interest rates by 0.25 percentage points on Wednesday 25 August, bringing its repo rate to 1.5 percent. This follows a series of interest rate cuts which started in 2001, and comes amid signs of accelerating inflation in the Thai economy.

Headline inflation rose 3.1 per cent year-on-year, reports the central bank's press release, which attributed the increase to high oil prices and strong growth. Recent forecasts estimate GDP growth of 7.5 percent, according