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The pound rose against the dollar and euro, stabilising somewhat after recent falls, as investors waited for a key Brexit vote. Sterling had its worst week in six months last week, as investors grew more pessimistic about the chances of a Brexit deal being reached before the December 2020 deadline. Britain threw Brexit talks into […]

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Britain’s economy grew for a third month in a row in July as pubs, restaurants and other sectors reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, but it remained around 12% smaller than its pre-pandemic level. After crashing by a record 20% in the second quarter, output expanded by 6.6% in July, slower than June’s monthly rate, the […]

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Sterling hit a six-week low below $1.29 before bouncing back above $1.30 as Britain unveiled draft legislation for post-Brexit life, stoking concern that trade talks with the European Union could be derailed. The text of the legislation – called the Internal Market Bill – acknowledged “inconsistency” with international law and prompted a rapid rebuke from […]

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The pound rose against the dollar and euro after the Bank of England held rates steady and announced no further stimulus, as expected, and suggested Britain’s economy could bounce back by 15% in 2021. The Bank of England said it was ready to take fresh action to counter the coronavirus hammering which could cause the […]

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The pound recovered some losses against the dollar in early trading and rose against the euro, as investors grappled with the pound’s downside risks before the Bank of England’s meeting on Thursday. The UK has overtaken Italy to report Europe’s highest official death toll from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, data on […]

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Sterling gained as demand eased for U.S. dollars, allowing the pound to recover some of its 1.5% loss this month. The pound ended April up 1.4% against the dollar on the month, benefiting from seasonal factors such as the start of the UK tax year as well as corporate dividend repatriation flows. Risk appetite improved […]

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Sterling slipped against the dollar as stalled Brexit talks and further signs of damage to Britain’s economy from the coronavirus pandemic took some shine off the currency’s gains in April. Sterling registered a 1.4% gain against the dollar in April, rallying hard last week. But with speculators turning negative on the pound for the first […]

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The pound inched slightly higher this morning as investors turned their attention to U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank meetings this week at which officials are expected to provide further stimulus to their economies to fight the coronavirus. Sterling has been very closely correlated with riskier assets such as stocks and when investors’ risk […]

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The pound rose against both the dollar and the euro this morning, but futures data showed the market turned net bearish on the pound for the first time since December last year. The pound was boosted by improving global risk appetite and hopes that lockdown measures may start to be eased as the number of […]

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The pound slipped this morning, falling back from its monthly highs against the dollar and euro, after a dire global economic forecast from the International Monetary Fund diminished risk appetite broadly, boosting the dollar. The global economy is expected to shrink by 3.0% during 2020 in a coronavirus-driven collapse of activity that will mark the […]

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