COLOMBO Feb 7 Sri Lanka's central bank kept its
benchmark interest rates steady on Tuesday for a sixth straight
month, saying growth of monetary and credit aggregates is
expected to moderate in 2017.
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka left the standing deposit
facility rate (SDFR) and the standing lending facility rate
(SLFR) at 7.00 percent and 8.50 percent, respectively. (bit.ly/2jWnzgb)
It has tightened monetary policy three times since December,
A Reuters poll last week showed economists were split on
their views. Seven out of 13 economists surveyed predicted the
central bank would keep both its SDFR and SLFR unchanged.
However, three economists expected a 50-basis-point hike in
both policy rates while the rest tipped a 25-basis-point hike.
(Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing
by Jacqueline Wong)