Monetary Policy Report October 2019

After several years of strong economic activity and inflation close to the target of 2 per cent, the Swedish economy is slowing down and the economic conditions are becoming more normal. In recent months, inflation has indeed fallen back, but this was expected and overall, the inflation prospects for the next year are unchanged. In line with the forecast from September, the Executive Board has therefore decided to leave the repo rate unchanged at –0.25 per cent. As before, the forecast indicates that the interest rate will most probably be raised in December to zero percent. Uncertainty over the development of economic activity and inflation abroad and in Sweden is considerable, however. The forecast for the repo rate has therefore been revised downwards and indicates that the interest rate will be unchanged for a prolonged period after the expected rise in December.

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Updated 24/10/2019