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Bank of England To Cut Rate to 5%

The Bank of England probably will cut its main interest rate for the third time since December as the worst housing slump since 1992 fans concern the economy is slipping into a recession, a survey of economists shows. The mortgage market has tightened this month as banks scramble to conserve cash and stem a credit binge that fueled the country's decade-long housing boom. The number of home-loan products on offer declined by 21 percent in the past two weeks to 4,499 on April 4. U.K. house prices dropped the most since 1992 last month as the seizure in worldwide credit markets made mortgages harder to obtain, a report by HBOS Plc showed.The average cost of a home in Britain fell 2.5 percent to 191,556 pounds ($379,000) from February. U.K. policy makers have been reluctant to cut rates as much as the Fed since credit markets seized up in August, because global price pressures are threatening to spur inflation.

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