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Sterling strengthens as UK house prices, consumer confidence rise LONDON: Sterling inched up on Friday after data showed British house prices unexpectedly surging in August, keeping alive expectations that the Bank of England will hike interest rates in the coming months. Earlier on Friday, a survey showed British consumer morale strengthening more than expected in August, suggesting Britons feel more confident about their economy and that consumer spending will remain a big driver of the country's recovery. Data showed inflation in the euro zone falling to 0.3 percent in August, well into the European Central Bank's "danger zone" of below 1 percent, feeding suggestions that the ECB may soon have to resort to quantitative easing (QE). In contrast, many investors expect the Bank of England to be the first major central bank to tighten policy since the financial crisis.The common currency weakened against the pound to hit a two-week low of 79.305 pence per euro. In later trading, it ...

Euro earns temporary reprieve after in-line inflation reading LONDON: The beleaguered euro won temporary relief on Friday after euro zone inflation came in line with expectations and somewhat cooled speculation that the European Central Bank would ease monetary policy as early as next week. Nevertheless, it was on track for a second straight month of losses as euro zone annual inflation has fallen to a five-year low of 0.3 percent - well below the ECB's danger zone of 1.0 percent. This is likely ...
Turkish lira firms on better than expected trade data ISTANBUL: Turkey's lira firmed on Friday thanks to narrower-than-expected trade deficit in July and news that the economic management team in Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's first cabinet will remain unchanged. 7 In July, the trade deficit was $6.46 billion, below a Reuters poll forecast of $7.41 billion. Exports rose 2.6 percent to $13.4 billion and imports fell 13.5 percent to $19.9 billion, data from the Turkish Statistics Institute said. In the first seven months of ...
Rouble hits record low against dollar on new sanctions fears MOSCOW: The Russian rouble touched a record low against the dollar on Friday as Russian markets extended losses from Thursday amid fears that an escalating conflict with Ukraine would provoke further Western sanctions. The rouble dropped to 37.03 against the dollar before recovering slightly to trade at 36.99 at 1200 GMT, leaving it still down 0.7 percent on the day. The Russian currency was down 0.8 percent at 48.80 versus the euro and 0.7 percent ...
Ruble falls to record low against the dollar MOSCOW: The ruble slumped to a record low against the US dollar on Friday as investors worried that the West may tighten sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine.The ruble slid to 37.0260 to the dollar, breaking its previous record low set in March when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.By 0800 GMT the ruble had recovered slightly to 36.91 to the dollar, still weaker than the 36.75 it closed at on Thursday.The ruble also ...
Euro drops back to 2-week lows vs sterling on Ukraine news LONDON: Sterling resumed its gains against the euro on Thursday as the single currency came under renewed downward pressure due to concerns about the Russian-Ukraine conflict, which is likely to be a drag on the euro zone economy."The Ukraine headlines dragged the euro lower," a spot trader based in London said. "There have been expectations of routine month-end demand for the euro, but in any case, a bounce in the euro is being used as ...
Euro falls to near 21-month low vs Swiss franc LONDON: The euro fell to its lowest in nearly 21 months against the Swiss franc on Thursday amid speculation that the European Central Bank will ease monetary policy in coming months, possibly by quantitative easing.The euro fell to 1.20595 francs on trading platform EBS, its lowest since early December 2012 and down 0.1 percent on the day. Before the latest speculation about the ECB, the Swiss franc had been rising due to safe-haven inflows amid ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.414 bln