Sterling continues to fall this morning


Sterling continues to fall this morning

The GBP/USD is trapped near recent lows close to 1.3150 ahead of today, with little impactful news on released today and continued Brexit confusion taking the wind out of buyers’ sails. There is no key or impactful events on the economic calendar, and the only event for the GBP side is the low-impact CBI Industrial […]

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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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UK Retail Sales jump in May

Sterling rose a quarter of a percent this morning before any data, cementing some modest gains notched up this week. British retail sales jumped for the second month in a row in May, far outstripping expectations as a royal wedding and warm weather helped shoppers put a winter slump further behind them, data showed this […]

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UK wage growth slows

British workers’ wages grew more slowly in the three months to April, according to official data published this morning which could further dampen expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates as soon as August. Total earnings, including bonuses, rose by an annual 2.5 percent, down from growth of 2.6 percent in the […]

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UK data disappoints across the board

British factory output unexpectedly dropped in April at the fastest pace since 2012, due to weaker demand at home and abroad, raising concern that the economy’s weakness in early 2018 is persisting. The official data published today also showed the biggest trade deficit for goods since September 2016 after big falls in exports of aircraft, […]

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UK Services Sector grows more than expectations

Companies in Britain’s dominant services sector grew more quickly than expected in May after a winter slump in early 2018, but the approach of Brexit held back many companies, a survey showed this morning. The IHS Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to a three-month high of 54.0 in May, better than a median […]

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UK Construction picks up in May

Markets appear relieved that the Italian political situation has stabilised (at least for now), and do not seem overly concerned with escalating trade disputes. Italy’s new government will face a confidence vote in the two Houses today, which is expected to be an easy win. Following Friday’s stronger-than-expected manufacturing PMI, further insight into domestic activity […]

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Market Update

Global risk sentiment improved overnight following Italian President Mattarella’s decision to give the populist parties more time to form a more amiable cabinet line-up. Surveys of UK business and consumer confidence for May provided further evidence that domestic economic activity will have recovered in the second quarter, after Q1’s weather-impacted slump. The GfK consumer sentiment […]

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UK Inflation data hurts the pound

Sterling slid yesterday to a new five-month low after weaker-than-expected UK inflation dented the prospect of the Bank of England raising interest rates this year. The pound had been one of the best-performing currencies in 2018 but it has given up all its gains for the year following a broad rally in the dollar and […]

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Pound gains after positive Brexit news

Sterling rallied more than half a percent to hit a two-day high after a media report that Britain would tell Brussels it was prepared to stay in the European Union’s customs union after a transitional arrangement. Britain will tell Brussels it is prepared to stay in the customs union beyond 2021 as ministers remained deadlocked […]

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