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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Dollar Weakens Ahead Of Inflation Data

Sterling strengthened yesterday after data showed British inflation unexpectedly stayed close to its highest levels in six years in January, firming up investors’ bets that the Bank of England will raise interest rates again in May. The BoE surprised financial markets last week by indicating that rates could move up faster than previously expected, as […]

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Sterling looses recent gains

The dollar moved higher against a currency basket of currencies today, buoyed by higher U.S. bond yields as investors turned their attention to U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech and a Federal Reserve policy meeting. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, was […]

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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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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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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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Brexit negotiations are main sterling driver

Sterling exchange rates have been stuck in limbo due to comments made by EU officials following recent Brexit negotiations- fortunately, Donald Tusk (EU Council President) announced that recent comments made by Michel Barnier about Brexit talks hitting a “Deadlock” were over exaggerated and progression has been made between the UK & EU- Though this progress […]

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Sterling looses ground as Euro gains

The euro climbed to a two-week high today on relief that Catalonia had stopped short of formally declaring independence from the rest of Spain. Sterling was flat on Wednesday after two sessions of gains as doubts emerged on whether entrenched expectations of higher UK interest rates were reasonable given a backdrop of uncertain Brexit negotiations. […]

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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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Sterling suffered major blows last week

Britain’s pound fell to four-week lows last week, amid growing uncertainty over Prime Minister Theresa May’s control of the leadership and strong U.S labour market data that boosted the dollar. Sterling was on track for its worst week in a year against the dollar and on a trade-weighted basis, after a more than 2 percent […]

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