Euro rate outlook worsens

28 July, 2011


This morning’s Bank of England minutes have done the Pound few favours, as only one of the MPC’s members voted for an interest rate rise this month. Higher interest rates are widely seen as a pre-requisite for further sterling strength.

“The euro is generally weaker so euro/sterling is down but overall I think the outlook for the pound is negative after the MPC questioned the UK’s growth outlook,” said Ian Stannard, senior currency analyst at BNP Paribas.

The euro slipped broadly after a Portuguese treasury-bill auction showed yields more than doubling from the previous sale