The decision was widely expected, but with retail sales figures released this morning (22 March) being much more positive than expected, rising wages, and upgrades to GDP forecasts announced by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) this month, interest rates are widely expected to rise in May.
"We still think that the MPC will hike interest rates in May", Paul Hollingsworth, senior United Kingdom economist at Capital Economics, said following Thursday´s announcement.
"Such a path would bring us closer to the neutral policy rate, which I continue to think is likely to be well below the neutral rate that prevailed in the pre-crisis decades", Vlieghe said.
But in the BoE's view, a lack of spare capacity in the economy means it would take years for inflation to return to its 2 percent target if it does not raise rates.
Only a minority expected Saunders or McCafferty to vote for a rise.
The transition deal, which is expected to be confirmed Thursday at a meeting of European Union leaders, has, according to many economists, made it even more likely that rates will be raised in May, alongside the next set of quarterly economic projections from the Bank.
"The best collective judgement of the MPC remained that, given the prospect of excess demand over the forecast period, an ongoing tightening of monetary policy over the forecast period would be appropriate", said the minutes of this month's meeting. Sterling's seven-week high against the dollar, shortly after noon on Wednesday, came as two members of the bank surprised investors by calling for a rate increase.
Early estimates among its staff suggest growth may slow to 0.3% in the first quarter from 0.4% at the end of 2017.
Burton Mills economists did not expect the BoE to follow up on its November rate hike with another in March but do anticipate that borrowing costs will be hiked from their current rate of 0.5 percent in May.
The committee meets monthly to discuss whether to cut, raise or leave interest rates unchanged, as well as other measures such as quantitative easing.
CPI inflation fell from 3.0% in January to 2.7% in February.
"The transition deal extends the period of uncertainty, but also pushes any significant economic hit into 2019 and beyond", said Professor Peter Urwin of Westminster Business School, who is one of the few Bank of England watchers who sees a chance of three rate rises this year.
There will be two factors to focus on - the BoE's minutes for its latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, and the press conference given by BoE GovernorMark Carney.
But the BoE is likely to point to a sharp pick-up in wage growth to a two-and-a-half year high of 2.8 percent as cementing the case for a move in May.
Sterling slipped to 1.41 USA dollars.
British inflation jumped past year and remains at an elevated level after Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016.
However, overall the analysis found the proportion of preventable cases of cancer had fallen - from 42.7% in 2011 to 37.7%. Being overweight or obese is another risk factor for cancer , with 6.3% of cancer cases being linked to excess weight.
The spending bill, which President Donald Trump signed on Friday, also includes grants to help schools prevent gun violence. The rallies come in the aftermath of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on February 14 that took 17 lives.
Judge Pablo Llarena's decision to bring formal charges means the secessionist leaders face potential jail terms of 25-30 years. Catalan television aired footage of more crowds in towns in the region, including Vic and Tarragona.
The quality of the game was exquisite, the only disappointing part was that there wasn't enough goals for both the teams. Right at the start of the second half, Germany winger Julian Draxler came within a whisker of putting the hosts ahead.
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The world record holder in the 100m and 200m sprint was seen training along with some of the biggest stars from the club. We would love to see him sign for a club just to use him on Federation Internationale de Football Association 18.
President Donald Trump stated that he was ready to meet Kim Jong-un till May 2018 to discuss the current situation in the region. It would be the first such summit in 10-and-a-half years and the 3rd overall.
Unemployment is now expected to fall to 3.8 percent this year and 3.6 percent in 2019, which would be the lowest level since 1969. So far, the Fed has been moving gradually to tighten monetary policy to prevent the world's largest economy from overheating.
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