Via the WSJ:
BEIJING–China cut interest rates for the second time in four months in a fresh sign of Beijing’s concern over slowing growth.
China’s central bank said Saturday evening that it would reduce its benchmark lending rate and deposit rate each by 0.25 percentage point to lower domestic companies’ borrowing costs. The People’s Bank of China said in a statement it would lower its one-year lending rate to 5.35% from 5.6% and its one-year deposit rate to 2.5% from 2.75%
The moves are effective Sunday.
It also said it would raise the maximum interest rate on bank deposits to 130% of the benchmark rate from 120%.
The central bank previously lowered interest rates in November.
The latest move took place just as China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, prepared to gather Thursday for its annual meeting. The gathering is usually when China unveils its economic growth target for the year.
Last year’s growth of 7.4% came in just below the 2014 target of about 7.5%. It was the lowest growth rate in nearly a quarter century.