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GBP/USD hits 15-month maximum on firm UK data
On Wednesday, the British pound re-approached recent 15-month maximum versus the greenback, underpinned by sturdy British retail sales data. Meanwhile, caution ahead of the Fed’s approaching policy verdict maintained downward pressure on the US currency.
The currency pair GBP/USD ascended 0.64% being worth 1.3589, re-approaching Monday's 15-month maximum of 1.3620.
The UK currency leapt after on Wednesday the UK Office for National Statistics announced that August retail sales surpassed forecasts, adding 1%.
The British pound had been suppressed after BoE Governor Mark Carney told on Monday that Brexit will affect overseas trade and breaking up with the EU was already restricting the potential size of the British economy.
Carney also added that interest rates will probably leap in the nearer months, repeating what was told at the BoE's latest policy gathering and had already underpinned the UK pound.
The first week of November promises to be eventful, as we have the Fed meeting, the BOE update, and the NFP release. Read more details here.
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S&P Global, a private banking company, will release a monthly change in British Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) on January 24, 11:30 GMT+2. The index is a leading indicator of economic health as businesses react quickly to market conditions, and purchasing managers hold the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) m/m on January 12 at 15:30 GMT+2. The index measures a change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.
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