UK inflation shoots past Bank of England target


UK inflation shoots past Bank of England target

British inflation last month shot past the Bank of England’s 2 percent target for the first time since the end of 2013 and looks set to climb further due to the Brexit hit to the pound and rising global oil prices. Consumer prices leapt by a stronger-than-expected 2.3 percent in annual terms, their biggest increase […]

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US Dollar weakens for 4th day in a row

Sterling rose to a three-week high against the dollar this morning, sales of the dollar after the G20 gave in to U.S. pressure and omitted a reference to protectionism pushing the greenback lower for a fourth day running. The dollar’s weakness has eased pressure on the pound as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to launch […]

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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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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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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 Data Better Than Expectations

British manufacturing grew more strongly than expected in December, showing the economy remained resilient to the end of the year despite June’s Brexit vote shock, although 2017 looks like it will be more difficult. Official data released this morning also showed the country’s smaller construction sector grew more quickly in December than many economists had […]

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May Must Get Parliament Approval For Brexit Negotiations

The Supreme Court ruled this morning that Prime Minister Theresa May must get parliament’s approval before she begins Britain’s formal exit from the European Union. The UK’s highest judicial body dismissed the government’s argument that May could simply use executive powers known as “royal prerogative” to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty and […]

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Thursday is key for the Euro

The euro held steady near a 3-week high today while bets on market volatility stayed close to their highest since June’s Brexit vote ahead of this week’s European Central Bank meeting due to give new guidance on its quantitative easing programme. Other major currency pairs were all trading in a tight range after a rollercoaster […]

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Pound gains across the board this morning

Sterling held firm this morning, having recorded its best month of gains against the dollar since March and its best month against the euro since 2009. This morning the Purchasing Managers Index dipped to a four-month low of 53.4 from 54.2 in October, remaining above the 50-mark dividing expansion from contraction. Economists had forecast a […]

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