Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc pushed back its forecast for the first interest-rate increase by the Bank of England to August from May, citing a “lacklustre rebound” in construction activity in February.
The Bank of England will limit how high interest rates increase when officials begin tightening policy as they seek to protect indebted households from derailing the economy, according to a survey of economists.
The global economic expansion is speeding up, data this week are projected to show. In the U.S., a gain in fourth-quarter gross domestic product probably completed the strongest six months of growth in almost two years for the world’s largest economy. The pickup combined with progress in the labor market means Federal Reserve policy makers meeting this week may ease up again on the monetary accelerator.