UK Retail Sales expanded 0.1% MoM


UK Retail Sales expanded 0.1% MoM

Sterling gave away part of its initial gains today following the release of January’s retail sales in the UK. Overall, retail sales volumes rose 0.1 percent on the month, below economists’ forecasts in a Reuters poll for a monthly rise of 0.5 percent, after dropping 1.4 percent in December. Even in year-on-year terms, there was […]

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Pound above $1.40

Sterling rose against the dollar today, cementing gains on the back of a broadly weakened dollar, with traders eyeing earnings data next week to give the pound fresh momentum. After a strong start to the year on the back of growing expectations that the Bank of England will raise rates faster than previously thought, and […]

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Sterling Update

Sterling has climbed more than 5 percent since the start of the year as the U.S. currency has weakened broadly and as investors have become optimistic about Britain’s economy and the prospect of a Brexit deal that is more favourable to the UK. Against the euro, the pound was flat reports that EU officials had […]

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Dollar Volatility Continues

The dollar came under renewed selling pressure this morning, sliding lower against a basket of major currencies ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy decision. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, was down 0.24%. The dollar has come under pressure as it has lost its relative […]

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US Shutdown weakens US Dollar further

The dollar was pinned near a three-year low today as a U.S. government shutdown encouraged investors to add to bearish bets against the greenback while the euro consolidated recent gains. Unless the U.S. government shutdown ends very quickly which may boost the dollar, markets are focusing on the two other economies this week, namely the […]

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Sterling slips off this morning

The British Pound became one of the worst performing majors this morning in the early trading session as more sour news related to the UK crossed the wires. Earlier on Wednesday, the IMF downgraded its prediction for economic growth in this country to 1.6% this year from 1.7%. GfK consumer confidence clocked in at -13 […]

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UK Inflation hits a 6 year high!

This week will be all about the central banks. Three major institutions will have their interest rate decisions: FED, ECB, and BoE. From that three, only in the US, we should see some changes. However, the BoE will be under pressure to raise rates again early next year as this morning’s data shows UK inflation […]

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Sterling outlook is gloomy

The pound was up a little this morning as there are expectations that the Bank of England will eventually tighten their policies thus protecting the pound from the current conservative government. We had seen two resignations from members of the current government in just over a week. This has dented the confidence that the conservatives […]

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Super Thursday – Rate Rise

Sterling steadied this morning, consolidating some chunky gains this week, especially against the euro, before a historic Bank of England policy decision where it is widely expected to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. With a rate hike virtually priced into the market, analysts would be keenly watching whether BoE […]

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GBP/EUR at 3 month high

Sterling hit a 3-1/2-month high against the euro on today as investors focused on a Nov. 2 Bank of England policy decision they expect will produce the first interest rate hike in over a decade. Manufacturing purchasing managers survey (PMI) was released at 0930 GMT which came in at 56.3 beating expectations of 55.8 Figures […]

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