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Sterling Has Best Week Since January

Sterling slipped from a 2-week high to the dollar this morning but was still on track for its strongest week since January as concerns about politics in the United States and Europe took investors’ focus off immediate Brexit worries. Besides the Brexit bill making its way through Britain’s upper house of parliament, a week largely […]

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US – Fed To Raise Rates Fairly Soon

Federal Reserve officials have said they may need to raise interest rates “fairly soon” if the economy stays strong, minutes of their meeting show. The first meeting of the Fed since Donald Trump took office as president discussed the possibility of a rate rise as early as March. Most economists have been forecasting a rise […]

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Euro Weakens as Le Pen Wins Latest Poll

Sterling rose almost 1 percent against the euro today, to its highest in two months, after another opinion poll showing far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen gaining ground hit the single currency. The poll suggests anti-EU nationalist Le Pen may have more chance of springing a surprise if she makes it through to the […]

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Sterling Continues To Push

Sterling fell against the dollar but made ground versus the euro this morning, before Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and several his chief lieutenants testify in Britain’s parliament. The pound has been relatively steady compared with last year’s slump, but recent data suggest that consumer confidence may be starting to falter as inflation rises […]

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Positive Start For Sterling

The pound rose against most major currencies this morning, snapping a three-day fall versus the euro, at the start of another week likely to be dominated by questions about how Britain will leave the EU and the impact of Brexit on the economy. The upper house of parliament, known as the House of Lords, was […]

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UK Retail Sales Shock Sterling

Sterling sank by 0.5% on the day against the dollar and Euro this morning after British retail sales racked up their third monthly fall on the trot in January, disappointing expectations for a rise. December’s downwardly revised -2.1 percent was the second biggest monthly fall since comparable records began 20 years ago, and added to […]

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Sterling Edges Higher

Sterling gained around half a percent against the dollar this morning, tracking broader moves in major currencies after some caution about the underlying strength of the U.S. economy set in following a high January inflation number. The pound – down by around a fifth in just over a year against the dollar – has been […]

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UK Jobs Data Lower Than Forecast

U.K. unemployment declined and a measure of the number of people in work rose to a record, pushing the labor market closer to “full capacity,” according to the statistics office. The number of jobless fell 7,000 in the fourth quarter to 1.6 million people, leaving the unemployment rate at 4.8 percent, the lowest in more […]

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UK Inflation Lower Than Expectations

British households kept a tighter grip on their credit cards last month as spending grew at one of the slowest annual rates of the past three years, data showed, adding to signs that consumer spending is starting to lose momentum. Robust consumer spending helped Britain’s economy to outpace its peers last year, even after June’s […]

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Pound Edges Up Against Euro

Sterling edged up this morning, extending its winning streak against the euro for a sixth straight day after enjoying a boost from last week’s better-than-expected manufacturing and trade data. The pound was up over 0.3 percent against the dollar and steady against the euro which has been hit by nerves around a pickup in political […]

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