Blog


19/07/2018 – This Morning’s Exchange Rates

  • Posted by currencies in Rate Alerts
  • July 19, 2018
  • No Comments

Please find the exchange rates listed at the bottom of the article, the rates are for indication purposes only, for a live quote please contact us.

British retail sales grew by the most in over a decade in the second quarter of 2018, official data showed this morning, giving the Bank of England reassurance shoppers had shaken off a sluggish start to the year as it considers raising interest rates.

However, the sales volumes came in way below market expectations and therefore the pound has reacted negatively.

Retail sales volumes in June alone were down 0.5 percent from May as the World Cup kept some shoppers out of stores and at the low end of economists’ forecasts.

Sales for the second quarter were 2.1 percent higher than the first three months of the year, the biggest calendar-quarter increase since the first quarter of 2004.

The figures contrast with relatively soft wage growth and inflation data earlier this week which caused some economists to question whether the BoE will press ahead with a widely expected interest rate rise next month, only its second since the 2008 global financial crisis.

Earlier this month Mark Carney said the economy appeared to be growing as forecast – bolstering market expectations for a rise – though his deputy Jon Cunliffe, who opposed the last rate rise in November, said wages were growing a bit less than the BoE had forecast.

Overall economic growth in Britain this year is likely to be the weakest since 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund, which cut its forecast to 1.4 percent on Monday.

GBP/EUR 1.1188

GBP/USD 1.2998

GBP/AED 4.7678

GBP/AUD 1.7659

GBP/CHF 1.3012

GBP/CAD 1.7184

GBP/NZD 1.9265

EUR/USD 1.1592

GBP/ZAR 17.327

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

thirteen + 1 =

What's Going On?

Currencies 4 You Limited is a company registered in England and Wales (registered no. 06866898). Registered office: Regus House, Victory Way, Admirals Park, Crossway Dartford, DA2 6QD. Currencies 4 You's Payment and Foreign Currency Exchange Services are provided by Ebury Partners UK Limited. Ebury Partners UK Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as an Electronic Money Institution. Reference number: 900797. Ebury Partners UK Ltd is registered with the Information Commissioners Office, with registration number: Z209673X | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Statement | Careers