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Market awaits GDP figures tomorrow

25 February 2010
Friday at 9.30am sees the revision to the fourth quarter GDP figures, which showed on first estimate last month that the UK had crept out of recession.

As other economies around the world seem to be emerging in a better position than the UK, it will be interesting to see if there is an upward revision to the paltry growth figures announced in January.

If you are sending money overseas or making transfers back to sterling from another currency, you should check tomorrow morning to see what the effect has been on the Pound. Any downward revision is likely to hurt sterling badly, and given recent economic events it may be expensive to rely on a positive outcome.

Speak to an FSA-regulated currency company today if you are concerned about the effects on your own transaction.

Retail sales hit new low

19 February 2010
This morning's retail sales figures were the worst since June 2008 - showing a 1.8% drop in January, 3 times worse than expected.

Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that the Pound has fallen on the back of this news.

There is little news likely to improve exchange rates, so anybody who needs to make foreign currency transfers might like to consider booking a rate in case things go from bad to worse, with no major UK data due out before next Friday.