Economy slows but not as much as expectations


Economy slows but not as much as expectations

Britain’s economic growth slowed only slightly in the three months after the Brexit vote, official data showed this morning defying warnings of a heavy hit and further diminishing the likelihood of the Bank of England cutting rates next week. The economy grew by 0.5 percent in the July-September period, less rapid than the unusually strong […]

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Sterling slips against Dollar

Sterling slipped back towards $1.30 on Tuesday on divergent expectations for monetary policy, with investors increasingly betting U.S. interest rates could rise by year-end while British rates may be cut again. With London markets closed on Monday for a national holiday, Tuesday marked the first full day of trading there since U.S. Federal Reserve Chair […]

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Sterling up this morning

Sterling inched up on today after registering its strongest week in five against the dollar, as a run of robust economic data suggested Britain’s economy was faring better than expected following its vote to leave the European Union. The pound was boosted last week after inflation and retail sales numbers for July beat forecasts, adding […]

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Sterling could drop further this Thursday

The monthly survey of purchasing managers in the construction sector inched down to the lowest reading since June 2009, well into contraction territory. However, the result was better than all forecasts in a poll of economists. The numbers nevertheless provide another sign that Britain’s economy is at risk of recession after June’s vote to leave […]

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Sterling looses ground after Martin Weale comments

Sterling hit a two-week low on Tuesday after a Bank of England policymaker suggested a batch of weak UK data had convinced him monetary policy should be eased immediately, having last week said he needed more evidence of economic weakness first. While stopping short of openly backing a cut in interest rates or quantitative easing […]

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Sterling slightly up this morning

Sterling inched up today, recovering some of the ground it lost late last week from surveys suggesting Britain was heading towards recession and boosting expectations the Bank of England will have to stimulate growth next month. Sterling was up 0.2 percent at $1.3140, having fallen nearly 1 percent on Friday. The euro, also was 0.3 […]

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Sterling stays firm

Sterling rose on Monday, boosted by expectations of inflows from an acquisition deal after Japan’s Softbank agreed to buy chip designer ARM in a 24.3-billion-pound deal which should help plug Britain’s yawning current account gap. The pound extended gains after Bank of England policymaker Martin Weale said he was unsure if he would back an […]

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Sterling on the up – for now!

Sterling was firmer this morning, trading near a two-week high against the euro as Theresa May was set to take over as Britain’s prime minister, easing some of the political uncertainty that has dogged the currency in the past few weeks. Traders will keep an eye on who will be appointed as finance minister with […]

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Sterling steadies but more weakness on the cards

Sterling steadied this morning less than two U.S. cents away from a 31-year low, having put in its worst three-weekly performance since the currency’s 1992 crisis, following Britain’s shock vote to leave the European Union. Most currency pairs were trading in tight ranges ahead of a U.S. non-farm payrolls report due at 1330 – one […]

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Sterling stays below 1.30 against US Dollar

Sterling steadied on Thursday after two more days of nerves over the fallout of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union drove it below $1.30 for the first time in more than three decades. Analysts and traders remain convinced more weakness in the pound is on the cards, with some predicting a fall to the […]

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