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Breaking News: UK Retail Sales Bomb, Pound Drops

Posted by on February 17th, 2017. Connect with us on .

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The Pound dropped to 1.16 against the Euro and lost over 0.5% against the US Dollar following the release of the UK’s retail sales figures for January.

It had been forecast that monthly retails sales would print at 0.7% in January after falling by -2.0% in December, but sales actually slumped by -0.3% month-on-month.

Sales also slowed to 1.5% on the year, down from a revised 4.7% in December and defying forecasts for a reading of 3.9%.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) was quoted as saying; ‘In the three months to January 2017, retail sales saw the first signs of a fall in the underlying trend since December 2013. The evidence suggests that increased prices in fuel and food are significant factors in this slowdown.’

After the report was published the interbank Pound Euro exchange rate dropped from 1.1737 to 1.1659 and the interbank Pound US Dollar exchange rate slumped from 1.2511 to 1.2400. 

The Pound also fell against the Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar and Canadian Dollar. 

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