Employment Data Positive


Employment Data Positive

British employers hired many more workers than expected in early 2018 but wage growth has yet to accelerate sharply, according to figures that leave the Bank of England still waiting for signs the economy is ready for a rise in interest rates. Employment rose by 197K during the first three months of this year, the […]

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All doom and gloom for Sterling

British Industrial growth slightly rose in March, therefore confirming a gloomy first quarter for the economy that pretty much confirms no Bank of England interest rate hike later today. The data, released along with figures for the construction industry and overseas trade, did nothing to alter the picture of an economy that has struggled for […]

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UK GDP grows at weakest pace since 2012

Sterling fell to an eight-week low against the dollar on Friday after Britain’s economy slowed much more sharply than expected in the first three months of 2018. Sterling slumped 0.8 percent after Britain’s economy grew at its weakest pace since the fourth quarter of 2012, expanding by just 0.1 percent in Q1 2018. That figure […]

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Market Update

Sterling fell against the dollar today as the U.S. currency strengthened on the back of rising Treasury yields, while traders remained cautious ahead of British GDP numbers due on Friday. The economic growth release will be the last key data released before the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting early next month, and markets […]

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Pound continues to out perform

The pound rose today despite Britain’s military intervention in Syria, as investors focused on data that could help shore up expectations of a May interest rate hike. Britain struck Syria with cruise missiles on Saturday in partnership with Western allies, targeting chemical weapons facilities. Sterling rose, continuing a two-week rally against the dollar that on […]

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UK data disappointing this morning

British manufacturing output fell unexpectedly in February, its first drop in almost a year, according to official figures that added to signs the economy may have slowed in the first quarter. The data, released this morning along with figures for overseas trade, also showed another sharp drop in construction output, defying expectations for a small […]

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Sterling starts the week on the up

Sterling rose against the euro and dollar this morning and is on track for a third consecutive day of gains as investors are encouraged by data showing British house prices rising more than expected in March. Since Britain signed a transition agreement last month to cover the 21-month period after it leaves the European Union, […]

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Sterling confidence grows

The pound came under modest selling pressure yesterday, as the UK service PMI disappointed and the composite PMI fell to the lowest since the EU referendum. Overall, this week’s PMI figures indicate downside risks to activity in coming months and while we see signs that the activity is slowing, it is worth noting that weaker […]

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UK Services slowed due to bad weather

The weather over the last month had a big impact on British services businesses, which grew at the slowest rate since just after the vote to leave the European Union in June 2016, a survey showed earlier today. The IHS Markit/CIPS services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) tumbled to 51.7 in March from February’s reading of […]

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UK Construction lower than expected

Sterling was on track for its fourth consecutive day of gains against the dollar on Wednesday as traders paused ahead of a survey of Britain’s construction sector. However, the construction data came in worse than expected at 47.0 compared to an expected 51. The pound did not lose ground on the back of this result […]

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