Colombia central bank raises benchmark lending rate to 4.5 pct

BOGOTA Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:15pm EDT

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BOGOTA Aug 29 (Reuters) - Colombia's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point on Friday for the fifth straight month, to 4.50 percent, to keep a lid on inflation as growth quickens and takes the economy close to its full productive potential. (Reporting by Bogota newsrooom)

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