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COLOMBO May 9 Sri Lanka's central bank kept its
benchmark interest rates steady on Tuesday, as expected, after
tightening them in March, and said current monetary policy is
The central bank kept the standing deposit facility rate
(SDFR) at a four-year peak of 7.25 percent and standing lending
facility rate (SLFR) at 8.75 percent, its highest since July
The central bank raised both key rates in the last monetary
policy meeting in March to contain inflation.
A Reuters poll last week showed economists mostly expected
the central bank to keep both rates unchanged.
(Reporting by Shihar Aneez in Colombo and Samantha Kareen Nair
in Bengaluru; Editing by Sam Holmes)