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2007/02/22 こりゃまた金利あがるな。 (BBCより 2月のBOE議事録)Bank voted 7-2 to freeze UK rates The Bank of England's rate-setting body voted7-2 to keep UK interest rates on hold at 5.25% in February, minutes from itsmeeting have shown. The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) said more timewas needed to see the impact of January's shock rise. Some analysts say thevote is likely to reinforce market belief that UK interest rates will climbfurther. UK inflation fell in January, but is still well above the government'starget of 2%. The Bank of England has increased interest rates on threeoccasions since last summer, by one quarter of a percentage point each time, inAugust, November and January. And the minutes said that another rate rise toosoon "might lead to excessive tightening". "There was time to observe theimpact of past decisions and to see whether any of the upside or downside riskswere crystallising," it said. 'Wait and see' Last week, the Bank hinted in itslatest inflation report that interest rates might need to be increased oncemore to keep inflation in check. Consumer price inflation is currently at 2.7%and would continue to exceed the 2% target if rates stayed at 5.25%, the Banksaid. The two members of the MPC who voted in favour of a further rate rise -Tim Besley and Andrew Sentance - said the rate increases since August were"modest relative to the rise in inflation and the prospective robust outlookfor demand". Investec analyst Philip Shaw said that that the two votes infavour of a further increase suggested "momentum" for more rate tightening andtipped a further quarter-point rise. But he added: "The majority opinionappears to be that there is time to wait and see." HBOS Treasury Servicesanalyst Adam Chester said the sentiment from the minutes suggested the MPC was"not biting at the bit to raise rates again". "The minutes convey the idea thatthe majority of the MPC still feels it's appropriate to delay furthertightening as they await further evidence in the economic data," he said.