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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bank of Maharashtra cuts minimum lending rate to 10.25%

State—run Bank of Maharashtra today announced a cut of 0.15 percentage point in its minimum lending rate or base rate to 10.25 per cent, a move which will make its housing and auto loans cheaper.

“The bank has decided to revise the bank’s base rate from 10.40 per cent per annum to 10.25 per cent per annum with effect from December 15, 2014,” Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) said in a filing to the BSE.

BoM is the first bank that has lowered lending rates after RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan made a case for lowering lending rates by banks earlier this month.

“Some easing of monetary conditions has already taken place... However, these interest rate impulses have yet to be transmitted by banks into lower lending rates,” Rajan had said during the monetary policy review.

Helped by softening prices of food items, retail or consumer price index (CPI) based inflation declined to 5.52 per cent in October.

The wholesale price index (WPI) based inflation fell to 1.77 per cent during the month.

Shares of Bank of Maharashtra were trading at Rs. 43.20 per piece on the BSE, up 1.29 per cent from previous close.

Source : Thehindubusinessline


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