Rate round-up: bulk of central banks hold

This week's rate decisions were dominated by a series of holds.

Bank of England
The Bank of England on Thursday maintained the size of its quantitative easing programme at £200 billion ($318 billion), in line with expectations.

The Bank's statement pointed to a gloomier take on the UK economy in comparison with its relatively optimistic November Inflation Report.

The European Central Bank kept its benchmark main refinancing rate at 9% for the ninth straight month.

In Cairo, the Central

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