China hikes interest rates

By Andy Rice 19 October 2010

China announced on Thursday that it will raise its interest rates - for the first time in three years. Deposit rates will be set at 2.5%, and lending rates at 5.56%, an increase of 25 basis points in both cases. Economists were surprised by the move, but suggest it was in response to strong gross domestic product and consumer price index figures released earlier in the day. Read more: Reuters