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Great Britain Pound Falls with Retail Sales

July 9, 2019 at 23:43 by Vladimir Vyun

Close-up of the UK pound noteThe Great Britain pound was weak on Tuesday amid risk aversion on the Forex market. Domestic macroeconomic data was not doing the sterling any favors either.

Like-for-like retail sales reported by British Retail Consortium fell 1.6% in June, year-on-year. That is compared to the drop by 1.5% predicted by economists and the decline by 3.0% registered in May. Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive at BRC, blamed the Brexit for the underwhelming data:

 

Overall, the picture is bleak: rising real wages have failed to translate into higher spending as ongoing Brexit uncertainty led consumers to put off non-essential purchases.

Businesses and the public desperately need clarity on Britain’s future relationship with the EU. The continued risk of a No Deal Brexit is harming consumer confidence and forcing retailers to spend hundreds of millions of pounds putting in place mitigations – this represents time and resources that would be better spent improving customer experience and prices. It is vital that the next Prime Minister can find a solution that avoids a No Deal Brexit on 31st October, just before the busy Black Friday and Christmas periods.

GBP/USD dropped from 1.2513 to 1.2461 as of 23:42 GMT today, touching the low of 1.2439 intraday. EUR/GBP climbed from 0.8959 to 0.8992, and its daily high of 0.9002 was the highest level since the big slump on January 11.

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