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Sterling subdued by weak data; lags dollar on safety bids LONDON: Sterling edged down on Monday as traders continued to be cautious over events in Ukraine and Gaza and as data added to a sense that Britain's economic recovery might be coming off the boil.Numbers released on Monday showed British consumer confidence dipped for the first time in 2014 in June, with spending on gas and electricity around 2.5 percent lower than a year ago.Separate data showed asking prices for British houses had fallen for the first time this year.Concerned about Ukraine and Gaza, investors have pulled money out of sterling, putting it instead into traditionally safer currencies such as the yen, Swiss franc and the dollar.Sterling was down 0.1 percent against the dollar at $1.7075, over a cent lower than last week's near six-year high of $1.7192 ."It doesn't seem very comfortable at $1.71 and we've seen it fall off quite sharply, but I think that's more about a ...

Sterling slips on Ukraine worries, Carney interview talk LONDON: Sterling fell against the dollar on Friday as worries over an escalation of tensions between Russia and the West drove investors to cut long positions in the pound and seek out more liquid and safe-haven currencies.The pound's drop coincided with market speculation that Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney had given a dovish interview to a weekend newspaper. But the rumour was quashed by a BoE spokesman, causing the pound to regain a ...
Yen in vogue as sanctions on Russia sour risk sentiment LONDON: The yen hit a five-month high against the euro on Thursday on renewed safe-haven inflows as the West imposed further sanctions against Russia, which weighed on global risk sentiment.European stocks started in the red, while safe-haven German bunds were in demand as the United States placed sanctions on some of Russia's most prominent companies including its biggest oil group and largest independent natural gas producer.The dollar fell 0.2 percent against the yen to 101.45 ...
Sterling near 22-month high vs euro, eyes on US data LONDON: Sterling hit a 22-month high against the euro on Thursday before retreating slightly as traders wagered on an increasingly divergent monetary outlook between Britain and the euro zone.Currency dealers are betting the Bank of England will tighten monetary policy before its European peers, following a run of soft data from the 18-member monetary union. On Tuesday a survey showed German investor morale at its lowest in 1-1/2 years.Sterling has been rising over the past ...
Aussie, kiwi struggle on questions about China; sterling in focus LONDON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars fell on Wednesday as Chinese growth data raised some questions about how long the growth would last, with some investors cautious about a recovery without another burst of government stimulus.The U.S. dollar clung to modest gains after the Federal Reserve chief said rates could rise sooner if employment improved.In the European session, focus will be on the British pound which hit near-six-year highs against the dollar on Tuesday ...
Sterling dips, gilts rise after earnings, jobs data LONDON: Sterling and yields on British government bonds dipped on Wednesday after wage data fell just short of forecasts, failing to provide more evidence of a pick up in demand-led pressure on prices following a jump in inflation last month.The pound fell to a session low of $1.7113, down almost a cent from highs reached on Tuesday after June numbers surprised markets by showing inflation had risen to 1.9 percent, within touching distance of the ...
Small dip for sterling after UK wages undershoot LONDON: Sterling dipped on Wednesday after British wage data fell short of forecasts, failing to provide more evidence of a pick up in demand-led pressure on prices following a jump in inflation last month.The debate over the strength of Britain's economic recovery, and the chances of the Bank of England raising interest rates before the end of the year, has moved on from employment to centre around inflation and wage growth.The pound hit an almost ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
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