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GBP/USD Turns Sharply Lower After Another Disappointing Retail Sales Report

Posted Friday, January 17, 2020 by
Skerdian Meta • 1 min read

The UK retail sales for December was released a while ago and it was yet another disappointing report. Retail sales posted another decline of 0.6% in December, which is the fourth decline in the last five months. The GBP has turned bearish immediately after that and has lost nearly 100 pips. Below are the details:

  • UK December retail sales -0.6% vs +0.6% m/m expected
  • Prior -0.6%; revised to -0.8%
  • Retail sales +0.9% vs +2.7% y/y expected
  • Prior +1.0%; revised to +0.8%
  • Retail sales (ex autos, fuel) -0.8% vs +0.8% m/m expected
  • Prior -0.6%; revised to -0.8%
  • Retail sales (ex autos, fuel) +0.7% vs +3.0% y/y expected
  • Prior +0.8%; revised to +0.6%

The revision for November was negative as well, from -0.6% to -0.8%. YoY sales also came much lower at 0.9% against 2.7% and the previous number was revised lower too, from 1.0% to 0.8%. Core sales were also very disappointing, showing a 0.8% decline last month.

Everything is piling up for the Bank of England to cut interest rates and odds of them doing so at the end of this month now stand above 50%, so the GBP should remain bearish until then.

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Skerdian Meta // Lead Analyst
Skerdian Meta Lead Analyst. Skerdian is a professional Forex trader and a market analyst. He has been actively engaged in market analysis for the past 11 years. Before becoming our head analyst, Skerdian served as a trader and market analyst in Saxo Bank's local branch, Aksioner. Skerdian specialized in experimenting with developing models and hands-on trading. Skerdian has a masters degree in finance and investment.
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