State Bank hikes interest rates by 0.50 per cent

The bank raises its PLR from 12.25% to 12.75% and the new rate will come into effect from April 9.

business Updated: Apr 07, 2007 15:10 IST

State Bank of India, the country's largest lender, on Saturday hiked its benchmark prime lending rate by 0.50 per cent from 12.25 per cent to 12.75 per interest

The new rate will come into effect from April 9, the bank said in a press release in Mumbai on Saturday.

Many other banks such as ICICI Bank and HDFC have already raised PLR by up to one percentage points, while Bank of Baroda has increased its PLR by 75 basis points.

Banks are increasing interest rates following the RBI's decision on March 30 to hike the repurchase rate at which it lends to banks and the deposits all banks must keep with.

The central bank's move was part of its drive to check high credit growth and tame inflation.

First Published: Apr 07, 2007 14:13 IST