NEW YORK (AP) -- The dollar is at a 6-month high against the British pound after the Bank of England predicted rising prices.

The central bank says inflation in the U.K. may rise to 3 percent by summer, above its target, but it will look past higher prices to help the country's flagging economy.

Monetary policy designed to support the economy tends to weigh on a nation's interest rates. Lower rates in turn can weaken a currency, as investors often seek higher returns in other markets.

In midday trading in New York Wednesday, the pound is down to $1.5533 versus $1.5652 late Tuesday.

The dollar is up a bit against the euro, a currency used by 17 European countries, and down slightly versus the Japanese yen.

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