UK Retail Sales jump in May


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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Dollar strengthens ahead of Fed meeting

The dollar edged up across the board today ahead of a Federal Reserve policy announcement that investors will scan for clues on how many more U.S. rate hikes there will be this year. The Fed concludes its two-day policy meeting later on Wednesday and is widely expected to hike rates for the second time 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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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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Sterling hits a 6 month low against the Dollar

The pound fell to a six-month low against a rallying dollar on Tuesday, while it held its own against a euro dragged down by concerns about a deepening political crisis in Italy. Sterling has slumped against the dollar since mid-April as expectations of a Bank of England interest rate rise recede and the economy shows […]

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Euro weakens due to Italy concerns

As the UK and the US return from their bank holiday, liquidity and European political worries dominate the agenda today. The USD remains a safe haven as Italian bond spreads continue to widen. The market will also be listening more closely to the many ECB speakers today to gauge their reaction and thoughts to escalating […]

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Sterling continues to be volatile ahead of Thursday

GBP dropped off today as many investors have continued to off-load the pound ahead of the Bank of England meeting this Thursday when the central bank is expected to keep interest rates on hold, and as worries about Brexit negotiations resurface. Tensions within Britain’s governing Conservative party over how to agree terms of exit from […]

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Sterling continues poor run

Market probability of a rate hike from the Bank of England next week has dropped to less than a tenth from more than 90 percent a month ago. Weak survey data from Britain’s services sector for April rounded off a disappointing streak of economic figures starting with last week’s shock first quarter GDP data and […]

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UK Services Data Disappoints

Sterling gained slightly yesterday after positive manufacturing data however the negative numbers continued this morning after a major survey showed Britain’s services sector struggled to recover in April from a sharp slowdown in March, further squeezing expectations of an interest rate hike next week. The IHS Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index rose to 52.8 in […]

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Euro gains as dollar weakens

The euro rose to a new five-week high this morning, mainly due to dollar weakness prompting investors to put their money into the Eurozone. Global markets were shaken this month after U.S. President Donald Trump moved to impose tariffs on Chinese goods and Beijing threatened similar measures. Comments from Jens Weidmann, Germany’s likely candidate to […]

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