Signs of the continued strength of the recovery fuelled speculation that some rate-setters on the Bank’s nine-member monetary policy committee (MPC) might have voted for a hike
Mark Carney suggested that the Bank could impose a new "affordability test" for borrowers as well as reining in the Government’s controversial Help to Buy scheme
Overall lending to UK businesses contracted by £500m in the three months to February, although the pace of the decline has slowed from a £3.3bn fall recorded in the preceding three months
Interest rates will be kept on hold today as Bank of England policymakers continue to believe that it is too early to scale back stimulus efforts
The Bank’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) said the eventual transition from the current low rates that have helped support recovery "could pose challenges in some sectors of the financial markets"
Egyptian-born economist Nemat Shafik will become one of the most powerful women in central banking when she takes on a newly-created role at Threadneedle Street
Half a decade of record low interest rates have been marked as the Bank of England once more kept the cost of borrowing on hold
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