Office for National Statistics — News Archive


Pound Falls on Brexit Uncertainty, Weak UK PPI, and Strong Dollar

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar as investors bought the safe-haven greenback in anticipation of further stimulus spending by the government. The GBP/USD currency pair got a brief respite from the optimism about a potential Brexit deal, but this was not enough to push the cable into positive territory.

British Pound Falls on UK GDP Data Miss Then Bounces to New Highs

The Sterling pound today fell briefly after the release of the latest UK GDP data early London, but quickly recovered as other prints came in better than expected. The GBP/USD currency pair rallied to new highs after investors digested the multiple macro releases from the UK docket, one of which beat analysts estimates.

Pound Falls on Weak UK Retail Sales Data and Risk-Off Sentiment

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar following the release of disappointing UK retail sales data in the early London session. The GBP/USD currency pair’s decline was further fueled by the risk-off market sentiment as investors priced-in various global risks.

Pound Rallies Higher on Mixed Jobs Data and Upbeat Investor Sentiment

The British pound today rallied higher against the US dollar extending yesterday’s gains driven by positive investor sentiment and the mixed UK jobs data. The GBP/USD currency pair today posted gains after the release of the latest jobs data showing a better than expected unemployment rate.

Pound Spikes Higher as UK GDP Beats Estimates Despite COVID-19

The Sterling pound today spiked higher against the US dollar after the release of multiple positive UK fundamental reports including positive GDP data earlier today. The GBP/USD currency pair rallied higher as investors reacted to the positive reports, which indicated that the British economy fared surprisingly better than expected during Q1 2020.

Great Britain Pound Soft After Retail Sales, Tries to Hold Ground

The Great Britain pound was soft today, erasing its earlier gains versus commodity currencies. The reason for the currency’s underwhelming performance was a worse-than-expected retail sales report. But the sterling did not perform particularly poorly despite the rather negative data and even managed to hold gains against a number of currencies, including the euro and the Swiss franc.

Pound Falls on Bearish Sentiment as UK to Test COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar as investor sentiment remained decidedly bearish amid news that the UK was developing a COVID-19 vaccine. The GBP/USD currency pair fell despite the release of upbeat UK jobs data as investor risk appetite evaporated pushing the pair lower into negative territory.

Pound Rallies on Upbeat Sentiment and Hawkish BoE Rate Decision

The Sterling pound today rallied higher against the US dollar driven by the dominant risk-off market sentiment, which triggered a sell-off in the greenback. The GBP/USD currency pair today rallied higher as investors reacted to the Bank of England‘s latest monetary policy decisions.

Sterling Extremely Volatile After BoE Emergency Interest Rate Cut, Disappointing GDP

The Great Britain pound was extremely volatile today. The main reason for the currency’s sharp moves was an emergency interest rate cut from the Bank of England. The sterling sank immediately after the announcement, recovered quickly afterward but backed off a bit after a release of a bunch of disappointing macroeconomic reports, including GDP print.

Pound Falls Despite Upbeat UK Inflation Data and Positive US Prints

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar despite the release of upbeat UK inflation data in the early London session. The GBP/USD currency pair fell at a crucial support level, which has been cited by most analysts as the main reason for the pair’s decline.