Mark Carney, Bank of England governor, has said the overall economic climate in the UK looks “little changed” in the eyes of the central bank’s monetary policy committee despite the economy has
failed to meet the projections made in the February inflation report.
“Three months ago the tightening guidance was explicitly conditioned on growth evolving broadly in line with the committee’s February inflation report projections,” Carney said. “In the period since then, the, economy hasn’t fulfilled those conditions.”
He added however that the MPC’s answer to the question of whether “weakness [was] due to the weather or the climate” was the former, and that “overall the economic climate looks little changed to the MPC thus far”.
“We think that momentum in the economy is going to reassert”, Carney said. “This is not an economy that is growing at robust rates,” but growth in demand was still likely to outstrip growth in supply over the Bank’s rate horizon.
The governor said UK exporters had remained in a “sweet spot” since the decline in sterling in the wake of the Brexit vote. While he acknowledged that the drag on business investment from the UK’s anticipated exit from the EU in March 2019 had persisted, it had not intensified, he said and was expected to continue to expand at a moderate rate.
Frontpage February 21, 2020