FILE PHOTO: The emblem of the Chile’s Central Bank is seen at its headquarters in Santiago, Chile March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

June 7, 2019

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s central bank unexpectedly cut the benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 2.5% on Friday, citing slower-than-expected inflation and a gloomier outlook for the economy due to global trade tensions.

A central bank poll of traders had forecast a rate hold in the short-term. The decision, which the bank said was taken unanimously, reflects growing concerns in the world’s top copper producer about impacts from the U.S.-China trade dispute.

(Reporting by Natalia Ramos, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)