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WELLINGTON, March 23 New Zealand's central bank
held its benchmark interest rate at 1.75 percent on Thursday,
and reiterated that it would stay on hold for a "considerable"
period of time.
"Numerous uncertainties remain, particularly in respect of
the international outlook and monetary policy may need to adjust
accordingly," Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor Graeme
Wheeler said in a statement accompanying the decision.
All 32 economists polled by Reuters had expected no change
to the bank's official cash rate (OCR), which was lowered by 25
basis points to the current record low in November. Many are
forecasting that rates will stay stable throughout 2017.[NZ/POLL
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(Reporting by WELLINGTON and SYDNEY newsrooms; Editing by Toby