Downbeat UK Retail Sales – Sterling Update

Downbeat UK Retail Sales – Sterling Update

Here’s the latest currency news from our partner Moneycorp, to help you find out what your money is worth.

Poor UK Retail Sales figures were released this morning, falling from +0.6% in June to -1.2%, significantly lower than the -0.5% forecast. July’s wet weather is thought to have kept people indoors and out of the shops.

Retail sales are an indication of consumer spending, and the lower-than-expected results could indicate the tightening of consumer budgets because of the cost-of-living crisis. Low retail expenditure adds to the unhealthy picture of the UK’s economy, particularly considering the sluggish growth this year.

Although reduced retail sales could ease inflation pressures, this could cause sterling weakness over the next few months.

However, the UK economy does appear resilient. Forecasts from banking group ING predict UK GDP will rise to 0.3% in Q3 and 1.1% by Q4 this year. It also expects better growth for the Eurozone this year, forecasting around 1% growth over the next two quarters.

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