British Pound Latest: EUR/GBP Easing After Surprise UK Inflation Rise


GBP/USD has been given a mild boost, and EUR/GBP is sliding modestly, after news of an unexpected increase in UK inflation in June to 0.6% year/year from 0.5% in May. Analysts polled by the news agencies had predicted a dip to 0.4% but the figure came in higher because of an increase in the price of gaming consoles during lockdown.

Meanwhile, UK consumer spending fell at a much slower rate last month as COVID-19 restrictions were eased, according to Visa’s UK consumer spending index. This report is not watched closely in the markets but GBP bulls may take heart from its finding that, on a monthly basis, spending rose a record 16.6% following an 11.2% increase in May.


Latest EUR/GBP price chart.

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Looking ahead, the next moves in EUR/GBP will likely be determined by the outcomes of Thursday’s meeting of the European Central Bank’s rate-setting Governing Council and the European Council summit on Friday/Saturday to discuss the proposed EU recovery fund.

The ECB will likely leave Eurozone monetary policy unchanged but its president, Christine Lagarde, could potentially move the Euro at her press conference following the decision. Rather more important will be the attempts to reach agreement on the proposed €750 billion fund despite opposition from the “frugal four”: Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. A failure to agree is seen as probable but could still weaken EUR/USD and EUR/GBP.

Ahead of that, UK employment data due Thursday are not expected to move GBP, with analysts predicting a rise of 250,000 in claimants in June, down from a 528,900 increase in May.

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