CORRECTED-INSTANT VIEW-Bank of England surprise with 5-3 split to keep rates on hold

on hold@ (Corrects headline to show vote was to keep rates on hold)

LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) - The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee came its closest to voting for a rate rise since 2007, after the central bank unexpectedly said three of its policymakers backed increasing interest rates.

Economists had expected only one vote for a rate hike.

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Following are comments from economists and analysts.


"Surprised. It doesn't strike me that the UK is going to have a sustainable inflation problem, particularly given that the economy is slowing. I would be surprised if they managed to push through a rate hike any time soon. (The chance of a rate hike) probably has gone up but it's clearly not above 50 percent by any stretch of the imagination." (Reporting by Kate Holton and Paul Sandle; Editing by William Schomberg)