STOCKHOLM: Sweden's Riksbank on Wednesday hiked its guiding interest rate by a half-point to 3.5 percent as the central bank tries to rein in double digit inflation.
The inflation rate, which came in at 10.6 percent in March, "is still far too high and underlying inflation has been much higher than expected during the first months of the year," the bank said in a statement, reports AFP.
Inflation in Sweden peaked in December at 12.3 percent, a more than 30-year high. It slowed slightly in January to 11.7 percent before unexpectedly spiking back to 12 percent in February.
The Riksbank noted that the slight fall in inflation in March was mostly a result of lower energy prices.
"Disregarding energy prices, inflation has been much higher than expected during the first months of the year," the bank said.
Sweden's inflation adjusted for fixed interest rates (CPIF) -- the figure used by the Riksbank to guide monetary policy -- was 8.0 percent in March, down from 9.4 in February.
The bank has increased the rate several times since April 2022, when it was at zero.