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Trade-weighted sterling at 7-1/2-year high, strongest run since 2010 LONDON: Sterling powered to a 7-1/2-year high against a trade-weighted basket of currencies on Friday, after the head of the Bank of England (BoE) signalled that an interest rate rise could come around the turn of the year. Markets took comments from Governor Mark Carney that a decision would come into "sharper relief" around the turn of the year as pointing to a rise as soon as November or February, when the bank releases its quarterly Inflation Reports. Sterling was at its highest against the euro in more than 7-1/2 years in the wake of the comments, trading at 69.445 pence. Against a broadly stronger dollar, it was 0.1 percent higher on the day at $1.5618, having traded as high as $1.5673 earlier. It also reached 94.5 against the BoE's trade-weighted index, its highest since March 2008. Even after a minimal retreat later in the day, that put it on ...

Euro slips to six-week low after Greece approves bailout plan LONDON: There was no silver lining for the euro on Thursday after Greece voted through austerity demanded in return for another bailout, as improved interest rate differentials drove the dollar higher across the board.The New Zealand dollar sank to a six-year low after weak inflation data cemented expectations for a cut in its official rates next week, while the Canadian dollar remained on the defensive after a cut there on Wednesday.The euro did inch up ...
Sterling unmoved as UK inflation slips back to zero; wage data eyed LONDON: Sterling fell against the euro but inched up against the dollar on Tuesday, as investors bet a fall-back of British inflation to zero would be temporary, with prices still suffering from a slump in oil prices last year. Figures released on Tuesday showed that consumer price rises fell to zero percent in June after nudging into positive territory in May, as food and summer clothing prices fell. An underlying measure of inflation, which strips ...
Russian rouble slips after Iran nuclear deal reached MOSCOW: The Russian rouble tracked oil prices lower on Tuesday after Iran and six major powers reached a deal over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme. Forex sales by exporters checked the rouble's losses, however, and the central bank said the market had already priced in a deal over Iran. At 0945 GMT, the rouble was 0.8 percent weaker against the dollar at 56.97 and had lost 1 percent to trade at 62.82 versus the ...
Turkey's lira hits firmest since late May ISTANBUL: The Turkish lira rallied some 0.6 percent against the dollar on Tuesday to below 2.63, its firmest since May 26, boosted by hopes for a coalition government, the Greek bailout and falling oil prices after the Iran nuclear deal. The positive mood extended to the main Istanbul share index , which rose 0.82 percent, while the benchmark 10-year government bond yield was steady at 9.48 percent. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Dollar rallies as Greek deal brings US rate hikes into focus LONDON: The dollar strengthened across the board on Monday after euro zone leaders clinched a deal with Greece in an all-night summit, letting investors turn their focus away from Europe and towards the prospect of higher US interest rates.European Council President Donald Tusk announced on Twitter that leaders had unanimously reached agreement on a third bailout for the cash-strapped southern European country. EU officials said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had accepted a compromise on ...
Sterling at the whim of euro fluctuations after Greece deal LONDON: Sterling strengthened against the euro on Monday, as the single currency weakened across the board after Greece and its European creditors reached agreement on a new debt deal for Athens. There are no major UK economic data releases, events or policymaker speeches scheduled for Monday, leaving the pound largely at the mercy of the euro's fluctuations. Euro zone leaders clinched the deal, which keeps Greece in the euro zone, after a whole night of ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln