JAKARTA Jan 9 Indonesia's central bank kept its
benchmark policy rate unchanged at 7.50 percent on
Thursday, as expected, as growth slows and price pressures
The central bank also maintained the deposit facility rate,
or FASBI, and lending facility rate at 5.75 percent and 7.50
"The policy is consistent with inflation towards 3.5 to 5.5
percent in 2014," said Bank Indonesia Governor Agus
Most analysts in a Reuters poll had expected Bank Indonesia
to keep its key reference rate on hold, on slowing growth and as
inflation stays well below official targets.
The central bank has lifted rates a total of 175 basis
points since June to support the rupiah, which fell more than 20
percent in 2013 as portfolio funds dumped Indonesian assets.
The rupiah traded at 12,185 to the dollar, after
the announcement, while Indonesia's main index was up
Southeast Asia's largest economy has kept monetary policy
tight to manage inflationary pressures and a wide
Annual inflation was 8.38 percent last year compared with
4.29 percent in 2012, mainly due to fuel subsidy cuts.
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(Reporting by Rieka Rahadiana and Nilufar Rizki; Editing by