UPDATE 2-Peru central bank holds key rate steady for seventh month

jueves 13 de agosto de 2015 19:53 GYT

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LIMA Aug 13 (Reuters) - Peru's central bank again held the benchmark interest rate steady at 3.25 percent as widely expected on Thursday, citing weak but rebounding economic growth and currency-driven inflationary pressures.

All 15 analysts polled by Reuters had forecast the central bank would leave the key rate unchanged for the seventh month in a row in August.

In its monthly statement after its board meeting, the central bank sounded more optimistic about growth and more attentive to inflation than in months past.

"Economic activity is recovering, though it continues growing below its potential," the bank said. "Expectations for inflation have grown, reaching rates similar to the upper limit of the target range."

The central bank aims to keep the annual inflation rate between 1 percent and 3 percent. The rate in July rose to 3.56 percent - the highest since May of 2014.

The central bank has said the sol currency's losses against the dollar have helped push up prices and would likely keep inflation above its target ceiling until next year.

But it reiterated that the trend was driven by supply.

"Inflation has been affected by temporary factors like the depreciating currency," the bank said.   Continuación...