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Mexico’s Central Bank raises key interest rates

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Mexico’s central bank has raised a key interest rate by half a percentage point as it tries to bolster the peso and avoid inflation.

The Bank of Mexico said Thursday in a statement that it raised the interbank rate to 4.25 percent from 3.75 percent.

The Mexican peso has been sliding against the dollar in recent months. It fell further on the heels of uncertainty unleashed by Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.