22 Oct '11, 5am

India set to raise key rates

India set to raise key rates

NEW DELHI: India's central bank is set to raise interest rates for the 13th consecutive time this week in a bid to tame near double-digit inflation, even as "dark clouds" gather over Asia's third-largest economy. The Reserve Bank of India has increased interest rates 12 times since March 2010 -- the most aggressive tightening pace of any central bank globally -- and analysts expect policymakers to hike them again at a scheduled meeting Tuesday. India's economy has slowed under the brunt of the dozen rate rises which have driven up borrowing costs and dampened demand, while a faltering US recovery and the eurozone debt crisis have cast a further pall. But prospects of a 13th rate hike by the bank looked sealed as India's food inflation crossed into double digits. It jumped by more than a percentage point in a week to hit a year-on-year figure of 10.6 per cent on Thursday, d...

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