Tuesday, August 14, 2018
News

Sterling edges higher before retail sales data

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

LONDON | Thursday, Jun 14 2018 IST
Sterling rose by a quarter of a percent on Thursday thanks to a weaker dollar but gains were capped before retail sales data that may decide market expectations for a rate hike as early as August.

Though data has been broadly mixed in recent days, with inflation data for May this week below forecasts, expectations of a rate hike in August are around the 40 percent mark, according to swap market pricing.

Headlines from the Brexit withdrawal bill tabled before parliament this week have also offered some support to the beleaguered British currency with analysts interpreting the results as pointing towards a softer Brexit.

Lawmakers supported the government's position to reject amendments to the EU withdrawal bill that challenged May's commitment to leave the bloc's customs union and single market.

Sterling rose a quarter of a percent to $1.3410, cementing some modest gains notched up this week. Against the euro, sterling was broadly flat at 88.14 pence.

Of more immediate focus for markets is retail sales data for May which is expected to show a pick up in growth of 2.4 percent on an annualized basis, compared to an April print of 1.4 percent.

ING analysts said sterling is set to strengthen against the euro if data beats forecasts.

An index measuring economic surprises in the UK is at its lowest levels since August 2017. REUTERS RSU 1313

-- (Reuters) -- C-1-1-DL0386-1402274.Xml

Loading...
 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
US economy seen strong in 2018, to slow ...
As forgiveness sweeps Ethiopia, some won...
As Canada faces rising gun violence, tig...
'When can we meet?': Koreans divided by ...
Australian archbishop avoids jail over s...
China says will conduct 'comprehensive a...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Man detained for trying to hoist tri-col...
Children should be made responsible citi...
Nation geared up to celebrate Independen...
Bengal to observe Kanyashree Dibas today...
Serena dominates in return at Cincinnati...
Australia business conditions ease in Ju...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Structural dev will pave way for wo... 
Raking up article 35 A will re-open... 
Khattar supports one nation-one ele... 
Haryana govt framing student transp... 
Amarinder, Chugh condole demise of ... 
HP guv mourns death of Chhattisgarh... 
Changes in Davis Cup format on agen... 
'Smart' border' between Nepal and I...