This update examines factors that could affect GBP exchange rates this week. The table below shows movement for a number of currency pairs during the last week:

Currency Pair% ChangeDifference on £200,000
GBP/EUR0.58%€1800.00
GBP/USD0.54%$1400.00
GBP/AUD1.05%AUD $2100.00

Unemployment drops to 4.6%

Yesterday saw the release of unemployment figures for the U.K and surprisingly the level of unemployment has dropped to 4.6%.

This gave the Pound a minor boost in early morning trading however this increase in value did end up being held back by confirmation that average earnings are indeed rising at a rate much lower than inflation.

We had received a warning from Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of England) last week at the latest interest rate decision and this data fully backed that up.

In simple terms, this means that the general consumer’s wages are increasing at a slower pace than the price of goods and services. Should this trend continue then slowly but surely consumers will have less and less money, they will be able to purchase fewer goods and economic growth starts to stutter.

This is why this has been seen as very negative for Sterling exchange rates as should economic growth start to slip then the Pound will generally follow suit.

Retail sales figures out this morning

This morning we have the release of Retail Sales figures for the U.K and if they are anything like recent economic data releases then this is one to watch with caution.

Bearing in mind the concerns over rising inflation and a stagnant figure for wage growth we may see a slightly negative figure for Retail performance this morning which could lead to another choppy day for Sterling exchange rates.

Much like the weather for most of the week here in the U.K the Pound’s performance has been miserable and we have seen a drop in over 2 cents against the Euro, meaning a €200,000 purchase with GBP is almost £3,000 more expensive.

If you are in the position where you may need to buy any foreign currency with Sterling then it is extremely important you have an experienced and pro-active currency broker on your side.

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Exchange rates on this page are interbank rates and indicate where the market is trading to show the performance of a currency pair. They are not indicative of the rates which we offer. The information on this web site is provided free of charge for information purposes only. It does not constitute advice to any person on any matter. Foreign Currency Direct plc. ("FCD") makes every reasonable effort to ensure that this information is accurate and complete but assumes no responsibility for and gives no warranty with regard to the same.