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CHRONOLOGY-S.Korea cuts rates for 2nd time this year

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SEOUL, Oct 11 (Reuters) - South Korea's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in four months on Thursday, as expected, to nurture Asia's fourth-largest economy through a global slowdown.

The Bank of Korea's monetary policy committee cut its base rate

by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent, a media official said without elaborating. Governor Kim Choong-soo is expected to hold a news conference from 11:20 a.m. (0220 GMT).

The following is a chronology of the Bank of Korea's main policy rate changes since it began setting the policy rate target in May 1999:

- - - - Oct. 11, 2012 Down 25 bp to 2.75 percent July 12, 2012 Down 25 bp to 3.00 percent June 10, 2011 Up 25 bp to 3.25 percent March 10, 2011 Up 25 bp to 3.00 percent Jan. 13, 2011 Up 25 bp to 2.75 percent Nov. 16, 2010 Up 25 bp to 2.50 percent July 9, 2010 Up 25 bp to 2.25 percent Feb. 12, 2009 Down 50 bp to 2.00 percent Jan. 9, 2009 Down 50 bp to 2.50 percent Dec. 11, 2008 Down 100 bp to 3.00 percent Nov. 7, 2008 Down 25 bp to 4.00 percent *Oct. 27, 2008 Down 75 bp to 4.25 percent Oct. 9, 2008 Down 25 bp to 5.00 percent Aug. 7, 2008 Up 25 bp to 5.25 percent Aug. 9, 2007 Up 25 bp to 5.0 percent July 12, 2007 Up 25 bp to 4.75 percent Aug. 10, 2006 Up 25 bp to 4.50 percent June 8, 2006 Up 25 bp to 4.25 percent Feb. 9, 2006 Up 25 bp to 4.00 percent Dec. 8, 2005 Up 25 bp to 3.75 percent Oct. 11, 2005 Up 25 bp to 3.50 percent Nov. 11, 2004 Down 25 bp to 3.25 percent Aug. 12, 2004 Down 25 bp to 3.5 percent July 10, 2003 Down 25 bp to 3.75 percent May 13, 2003 Down 25 bp to 4.0 percent May 7, 2002 Up 25 bp to 4.25 percent *Sept. 19, 2001 Down 50 bp to 4.0 percent Aug. 9, 2001 Down 25 bp to 4.5 percent July 5, 2001 Down 25 bp to 4.75 percent Feb. 8, 2001 Down 25 bp to 5.0 percent Oct. 5, 2000 Up 25 bp to 5.25 percent Feb. 10, 2000 Up 25 bp to 5.0 percent May 6, 1999 Set at 4.75 percent

* shows inter-meeting rate changes

(Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Choonsik Yoo)

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Keywords: KOREA ECONOMY/RATES