Costa Rica bank rate jumps 1%

Costa Rica's Central Bank raised its prime lending rate, or monetary rate, Thursday from eight percent to nine percent.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The bank's management committee also raised the gross rate for overnight deposits from 4.25 percent to 5.25 percent.
The monetary rate is used by the Central Bank to influence the market. It is the main tool for executing monetary policy.
The bank is raising its rates as part of the campaign against inflation.

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