Updated from 7:14 a.m. EDT
) -- The Bank of England left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low 0.5%, a decision that was widely expected, and the European Central Bank followed suit by keeping rates steady.
The ECB's key rate was left unchanged at 1%, also a record low.
The BOE and ECB rate decisions follow the Australian central bank's move earlier this week to increase interest rates.
-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York
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