Bank of Japan hints at fresh stimulus after cutting forecasts – business live

BoJ governor Kuroda says he ‘won’t hesitate to do more’, after pushing back the Bank’s inflation target again

8.05am GMT

Here’s some instant reaction to BoJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s comments:

Kuroda leaving the easing door open, obviously.

The Bank of Japan lowers projections of growth, inflation https://t.co/yeiHwXl64d pic.twitter.com/uUav5IjbNW

BoJ’s Kuroda pushes 2% inflation target to H2 16. Sees lower oil prices as main reason. Says overall inflation trend is improving in #Japan.

BoJ’s Kuroda: Don’t think confidence in BoJ is falling apart. BoJ’s bal sheet expansion smaller than Fed’s or PBoC’s pic.twitter.com/fiA9RUPi5X

7.49am GMT

The Bank of Japan has fuelled speculation that it could soon announce fresh stimulus measures, after cutting the Bank’s inflation and growth forecasts.

“We won’t hesitate to make necessary policy adjustments if we judge that there is a change in the broad price trend.”

“I’m not thinking of raising or lowering the current 2% inflation target.”

“I don’t think there are limits to our policy options.”

*KURODA: DON’T SEE THERE ARE LIMITS TO ANY FURTHER ACTION

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7.26am GMT

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

It looks like another busy day for economic news, as policymakers, analysts and the public all ponder the state of the global economy as the year grinds towards its close (just 55 sleeps till Christmas, folks!)

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