Fed Raise Rates, Sterling Lower


Fed Raise Rates, Sterling Lower

Sterling dipped around 0.2 percent against the dollar in morning trade in London this morning, suffering along with other major currencies from a boost to the greenback from Wednesday’s U.S. Federal Reserve policy decision and commentary. The pound was barely higher against the euro, however, and dealers said the currency was still subject to nerves […]

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UK Inflation jumps to highest in years

British inflation unexpectedly jumped to its highest level in nearly four years in May, tightening the squeeze on consumers who now face the added worry of political uncertainty after last week’s inconclusive election. The impact of the fall in the pound since last year’s Brexit vote made itself felt as consumer prices increased by 2.9 […]

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UK Construction & Manufacturing Boost UK Economy

British construction activity grew at its fastest rate since the end of 2015 last month, as a pick-up in housebuilding helped builders shake off a lack lustre start to the year, a survey showed this morning. The Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) jumped to 56.0 from 53.1, its highest since December 2015 and above […]

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Pound breaks 1.30 against USD again

Sterling was set for a 1 percent weekly gain versus the dollar today although some investors were calling a top on the British currency, which climbed above $1.30 this week but is seen vulnerable to Brexit negotiations. The pound surged to an eight-month high of $1.3048 after strong retail sales figures on Thursday, losing momentum […]

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Inflation shoots to highest since 2013

British inflation rose to its highest level since September 2013 last month, according to official data released half hour ago – that underlined a growing squeeze on households ahead of the June 8 national election. Consumer prices increased in April by 2.7 percent compared with a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said, slightly […]

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Fresh New Lows For Pound

Sterling slipped even lower today, as investors brushed off the finance minister’s budget statement the previous day as largely a “non-event” that would do little to boost growth in Britain as it prepares to leave the European Union. While Philip Hammond announced a rise in official growth forecasts for this year and cut predicted rates […]

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Sterling Continues Decline – Budget Today 12:30 GMT

Sterling fell to a seven-week low today ahead of a British budget expected to raise economic forecasts but remain thrifty as Chancellor of Exchequer Philip Hammond targets curbing a big fiscal deficit. Hammond is due to announce his tax and spending plans for the year at 1230 GMT, in Britain’s first full budget statement since […]

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