UK Data Update

28 July, 2011


The data out from the UK this week so far has been mixed at best, unfortunately leading to a fall in the value of sterling against most currencies.

Trade Balance: worse than expected (-£8.2bn)
House prices: worse than expected (up 8.3% in last 12 months but now falling)
Unemployment rate: better than expected (7.7%)
Jobless claimants: worse than expected (up 5,300)

It is worth noting that Bank of England MPC member Andrew Sentance is giving a speech at 6.40pm today, and his views on interest rates and quantitative easing are likely to be taken as signals as to the Bank of England’s intentions for the next few months, with implications for the Pound.