Retail Sales Due This Morning – GBP Exchange Rates

This morning at 9:30am we have the announcement of UK retail sales, this could be quite a key announcement as it will cover sales for the Christmas period and so is the most important retail announcement of the year. It is difficult to predict how these figures will come out, partly because the data from some of the major retailers has been so mixed, analyst’s predictions have been split and so this is often a sign that the data release will cause some market movement. So, if you need to make a currency transfer it will be worth speaking to one of our experienced currency brokers before this data release in order to discuss the impact it may have on your currency transfer, then you can make a more informed decision as and when to have the funds converted.

In other news this morning Labour leader Ed Miliband has stated he believes the major UK banks should be reduced in size by selling off a number of their branches in an effort to make the industry more competitive. Some of the major banks have already had to sell off a number of their branches including Lloyds who sold numerous branches to the Co-op. This comment comes the day after Chancellor George Osborne announced that he believes that the minimum wage should rise to £7 an hour. It is clear that the two major parties are trying to out do each other as they continue to compete for future votes. The political situation in the UK will continue to grow in importance for the exchange rates as we get closer to the next general election in 2015.

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