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The Bank of England on Thursday left the size of its bond-buying program unchanged and held its key lending rate at a record low of 0.5%, where it has stood since March 2009. The central bank's Monetary Policy Committee left its asset purchases, the centerpiece of its quantitative-easing strategy, at 375 billion pounds ($611 billion). The minutes from the February meeting will be published on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The central bank didn't release a statement on its forward guidance, as was expected by some economists. The bank's forward guidance has been in the spotlight recently as U.K. unemployment inches closer to its 7% threshold, and economists are speculating whether the BOE will change its strategy. On Feb. 12, the bank will release its quarterly inflation report, which could also include a discussion about the forward guidance.