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CBI and BCC call for rate cut

Fears of a collapse in business confidence have spurred the Confederation of British Industry and the British Chamber of Commerce to call on the Bank of Interest to cut interest rates this week.

The CBI and BCC are calling for a 0.25 per cent cut in UK rates, following the surprise cut in the US Federal Reserve rate last week aimed at allaying fears of a US recession.

However, many forecasters think a cut is unlikely in light of the indications of continuing strength in the British economy.

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