High inflation forces letter to Chancellor

28 July, 2011


This morning’s UK inflation figures (3.2% for the previous 12 months) are again above the government’s targets, forcing Bank of England Governer Mervyn King to write another explanatory letter to the Chancellor.

While the figures are unlikely to spark any short-term interest rate rises, they should be viewed as sterling-positive. Unfortunately, half an hour after the announcement, Eurozone inflation and economic sentiment were released at higher than expected levels, giving the Euro some retaliatory strength and reducing exchange rates for the rest of the day.

Tomorrow morning’s Bank of England Minutes, to be released at 9.30am, are now crucial to the short-term movement of the Pound. If any of the committee voted for further quantitative easing this month, we could see the Pound’s gains of the last week quickly disappear.