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Inflation Fears Drove Larger Fed Rate Increase in June

Officials want to lift interest rates to levels that would slow economic growth; ‘an even more restrictive stance’ is possible if inflation doesn’t ease


WASHINGTON—Federal Reserve officials agreed at their meeting last month they would have to raise interest rates faster and to levels high enough to slow economic growth because of the worsening inflation picture.

Officials voted to raise their benchmark rate by 0.75 percentage point in June, the largest increase since 1994, and several officials have indicated since then that they are prepared to support another such increase at their meeting later this month.


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