WARSAW, Poland – Poland's central bank has lowered its main interest rate by half a percentage point to stimulate the economy and nudge up inflation.
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The Monetary Policy Council of the National Bank of Poland said Wednesday it had lowered the reference rate to 2 percent from 2.5 percent.
It was the first cut to interest rates since July 2013 and comes at a time of a broader economic slowdown in Europe.
Economists were not expecting such a large cut on Wednesday, but said it would help domestic demand fuel economic growth. The finance ministry expects growth of 3.3 percent this year, compared with 1.6 percent last year.