British Pound (GBP) Latest: Still Trending Lower as Brexit Worries Shoppers
GBP price, Brexit news and analysis:
- GBP/USD remains in a downward-sloping channel despite some signs of stabilization so far this week.
- Shop sales data suggest consumers are worried about spending in the wake of Brexit.
GBP/USD more stable but still trending lower
GBP/USD Price Chart, Two-Hour Timeframe (January 31 – February 11, 2020)
Chart by IG (You can click on it for a larger image)
The pair’s current narrow trading range around the 1.29 mark will likely persist near-term but looking further ahead weakness seems more likely than a rally.
In the meantime, data released by the British Retail Consortium suggest that shoppers were wary about spending in January, with no obvious signs of a pickup now some of the Brexit uncertainty has waned in the aftermath of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s election victory and the UK leaving the EU.
That will again raise concerns about the British economy post Brexit and the potential for easier monetary policy than would otherwise have been the case.
Concerns about post Brexit trade barriers have also resurfaced, with Cabinet member Michael Gove warning companies that trade with Europe that they need to prepare for “significant change” with “inevitable” border checks for “almost everybody” who imports from the EU from next year.
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--- Written by Martin Essex, Analyst and Editor
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