The central bank kept the interest rate at 8.25% after it took indirect steps recently to increase the cost of financing, which slowed the lira’s decline.
The lira made some gains on Wednesday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told energy executives he had “good news” on Friday, remarks one source said indicated that energy had been discovered in the Black Sea.
The pound fell to 7.3500 against the dollar after the announcement to keep the interest rate unchanged, compared with 7.2750 before the announcement. It has decreased by 19% since the beginning of the year. The interest rate remained sharply lower than the 11.76% annual inflation rate in July.