All Eyes On Thursday


All Eyes On Thursday

In Britain, the latest opinion poll, by Survation for ITV television, showed Prime Minister Theresa May’s lead over the opposition Labour Party holding at just 1 percentage point ahead of the election. The dollar hit a six-week low against the safe-haven yen on Tuesday as caution mounted ahead of Britain’s election, a European Central Bank […]

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Sterling – Volatile week ahead

Sterling recovered ground today after falling half a cent against the dollar in early Asian deals as traders reacted to another militant attack over the weekend in London ahead of Britain’s national election this week. Saturday’s attack – the third in England in three months. Sterling has wobbled over the past two weeks, with investors’ […]

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UK Construction & Manufacturing Boost UK Economy

British construction activity grew at its fastest rate since the end of 2015 last month, as a pick-up in housebuilding helped builders shake off a lack lustre start to the year, a survey showed this morning. The Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) jumped to 56.0 from 53.1, its highest since December 2015 and above […]

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UK GDP grows at slowest pace in a year

Britain’s economy slowed more than previously thought in the first three months of 2017 as rising inflation boosted by last year’s Brexit vote took a toll on household spending, official figures showed on Thursday. Just two weeks before Britons go to the polls in an early election called by Prime Minister Theresa May, the Office […]

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Sterling Stayed Subdued

Sterling stayed subdued, hovering below seven month-highs against the dollar as investors awaited further developments in Britain’s suspended election campaign after a suicide bombing rocked the English city of Manchester. Britain’s main political parties agreed to suspend campaigning ahead of the June 8 election until further notice following Monday night’s explosion in Manchester that killed […]

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PM’s lead falls back after latest poll

Britain’s pound fell back below $1.30 today after a pair of polls over the weekend showing Prime Minister Theresa May’s opinion poll lead falling back into single figures ahead of next month’s election. Sterling has risen in the past month, in part on the assumption that a May landslide would strengthen her hand over hardline […]

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Pound breaks 1.30 against USD again

Sterling was set for a 1 percent weekly gain versus the dollar today although some investors were calling a top on the British currency, which climbed above $1.30 this week but is seen vulnerable to Brexit negotiations. The pound surged to an eight-month high of $1.3048 after strong retail sales figures on Thursday, losing momentum […]

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UK Retail Sales Soar in April

British shoppers set aside their concerns about fast-rising inflation following last year’s Brexit vote and unexpectedly stepped up spending at the fastest rate in years, helped by fine weather, official data showed this morning. The figures suggest that – at least temporarily – consumers’ mood has become more upbeat in the run-up to a national […]

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UK Jobs data moves the markets

British pay growth lagged inflation for the first time in two-and-a-half years in early 2017, underscoring the growing Brexit squeeze facing many households, official data showed this morning. Excluding bonuses, earnings rose by 2.1 percent year-on-year, the weakest increase since July of last year and below expectations for a 2.2 percent rise in a poll […]

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Inflation shoots to highest since 2013

British inflation rose to its highest level since September 2013 last month, according to official data released half hour ago – that underlined a growing squeeze on households ahead of the June 8 national election. Consumer prices increased in April by 2.7 percent compared with a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said, slightly […]

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