UK Wage Data Comes In Strong


UK Wage Data Comes In Strong

UK Pay growth picked up faster than expected to a rate that has not been exceeded in three years, as businesses found it harder to recruit staff, official figures showed this morning. Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose by 2.9 percent on the year in the three months to July, the fastest since March and […]

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Market Update

Sterling edged slightly higher this morning but was set for its biggest weekly drop in three weeks as traders consolidated positions before monthly U.S. jobs data and as broader trade tensions dominated sentiment. The British currency has had a volatile week as headlines on the progress of Brexit negotiations forced traders to unwind positions in […]

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Market Update

With few prospects now of a deal on Britain’s future EU ties in time for the EU’s October summit, any clues that Brexit Minister Dominic Raab can give in parliament today on its timing will be scrutinised. He will appear at a rare mid-recess session of the upper house’s EU Committee as concerns mount that […]

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Government Step Up Planning For A No-Deal Brexit

Sterling fell again this morning as the government stepped up planning for a no-deal Brexit, reviving concern among investors about what would happen to the currency if Britain left the European Union without having agreed new trade arrangements. With less than eight months until the March 29 exit day, diplomats in Brussels say they expect […]

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Sterling Weakness Continues

The likelihood Britain crashes out of the European Union without a trade deal has increased, an outcome that would hurt an already weak pound, according to economists and foreign exchange strategists. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Friday Britain faces an “uncomfortably high” risk of leaving the EU with no deal, while on […]

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Will UK Raise Rates This Week?

The Bank of England should raise interest rates this week but also tell the public it will be ready to make a U-turn if Brexit talks sour or trade tensions with the United States escalate. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) stuck to its forecast for British economic growth of 1.4 percent […]

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UK Manufacturing beats expectations

In Europe, political risks are one of the themes this week. Germany’s CSU leader and interior minister, Horst Seehofer, offered to resign after the migration deal at the EU summit last week. Chancellor Merkel is due hold an emergency meeting with him today. In the UK, the focus will be on the Chequers Cabinet meeting […]

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EU Summit could hurt the Pound

Sterling edged higher from the day’s lows on the back of a weaker dollar as worries about rising trade tensions between the United States and other leading economies kept risk appetite in check. Sterling gains were limited before a crucial EU summit this week as investors booked profits from a short rally after a Bank […]

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Sterling continues to lose ground

Sterling fell to a fresh 2018 low on Tuesday, as concerns about an escalation in the trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies weighed on risk sentiment. With all eyes focused on the Bank of England’s policy decision on Thursday, in which it is expected to unveil its monetary policy stance for the rest […]

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Sterling hits a 5 day high

Sterling rose to a five-day high after British retail sales jumped for the second month in a row in May and far outstripped expectations. Sterling is likely to gain this year and by the time Britain leaves the European Union next March will have recouped a chunk of its losses since the June 2016 decision […]

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