BoE voted 8-1 to hold rates

The Bank of England's policy-making Monetary Policy Committee voted 8-1 to keep UK interest rates unchanged this month, with Stephen Nickell again as the sole member calling for a reduction.

Nickell preferred a quarter-point rate cut for a third month, while the other members favoured leaving the rate at 4.5 percent for a sixth month amid signs of faster economic growth, according to the minutes of the Feb. 8-9 meeting released by the bank on Wednesday.

``Growth was now close to its historical