Chile central bank only considered rate hold in January-minutes

SANTIAGO Fri Feb 1, 2013 6:37am EST

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SANTIAGO Feb 1 (Reuters) - Chile's central bank only considered keeping its key lending rate on hold last month against a backdrop of brisk domestic growth and controlled inflation, the minutes of January's monetary policy meeting showed on Friday.

All five members of the bank's governing board voted to keep the rate steady at 5 percent, where it has been held since a surprise cut in January 2012.

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