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Good news for the BoK, worst now over for Sri Lanka

The minutes of the Bank of Korea’s May monetary policy meeting, published this week, confirm that the central bank is becoming increasingly concerned about the growth outlook. And with inflationary pressures continuing to ease, we don’t think it will be long before the central bank starts to cut interest rates.

Meanwhile, GDP figures published earlier this week show that Sri Lanka’s economy suffered another double-digit decline in the first quarter of the year. However, with tourism rebounding strongly, inflation falling back sharply and industrial production rebounding, the worst for the economy now appears to be over.

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