British businesses reported a pickup in growth


British businesses reported a pickup in growth

British businesses reported a pickup in growth in the three months to December, but they expect a slowdown in early 2018 as high inflation takes its toll on households, the Confederation of British Industry said this morning. British inflation hit its highest level in nearly six years in November when it rose to 3.1 percent, […]

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Mark Carney speaks at lunchtime

The FTSE 100 is called to open flat to slightly lower this morning following the overnight performances on Wall Street and in Asia which saw the US Senate pass the proposed tax reforms but the bill is being sent back to the House of Representatives for a further vote before it can be signed off […]

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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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UK Data surprisingly better than expectations

The pound recouped some of yesterday’s losses this morning as the Manufacturing and Industrial data came in slightly stronger than expectations this morning. Surprisingly the industrial data increased at its fastest pace over the last month also the trade balance data came in stronger. However, there was a big downturn with the data from the […]

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Britain’s trade deficit hits a all time high

British factories had their strongest two months of 2017 in July and August, suggesting the Bank of England remains on track to raise interest rates soon, but the deficit in trade in goods hit an all-time high. The data showed Britain’s economy remained in a low-growth gear in the third quarter after suffering its slowest […]

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Retail Sales Boost Pound

Sterling jumped by almost a cent against the dollar on Wednesday after data showed British retail sales surged unexpectedly in August, increasing pressure on the Bank of England to lift interest rates from their record lows. The numbers showed a sharp pick-up in monthly sales growth to 1.0 percent, the fastest since April and far […]

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Sterling hits 14 month high

Britain’s pound hit a 14-month high against the dollar today and was heading for its best week in more than eight years on a trade-weighted basis, as traders stacked up bets on a near-term interest rate rise from the Bank of England. Dominated lately by moves in the dollar and the euro, sterling drew renewed […]

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Strong Eurozone data hits Sterling

Sterling fell briefly below $1.28 for the first time since late June today and deepened its recent losses against the euro as gloom over Britain’s economic prospects and the Brexit process encouraged investors to push the pound lower. Sterling, which has fallen more than 3 percent against the dollar since the start of August, was […]

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UK Inflation Unchanged

British consumer price inflation unexpectedly held steady last month as fuel prices fell amid other signs that the squeeze on households’ spending power may slowly be starting to level off. Official figures today showed the pace at which manufacturers’ raw material costs are rising slowed by the most in over five years as the initial […]

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Sterling near 3 week low

Sterling held near a three-week low against the dollar today as investors grew wary about the outlook of the British economy after a mixed bag of data this week. The July bounce in sterling was on some expectations that the Bank of England will increase interest rates at its last policy meeting, but with fundamentals […]

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