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GBP Main Focus This Week:
- Economic Data Type: Britain’s GDP Growth Data
- Time Server: Friday, 8:30
- Quick view: The final reading of growth data in Britain for the first quarter of this year is expected to record an increase of 0.5% compared to previous declines.
Quick View: Dovish
- 9 members of the Bank of England voted to maintain interest rates in the UK at 0.75%.
- The next BOE meeting is on 1 August 2019.
- The Bank of England’s economic data focus on Gross Domestic Product, Consumer Price Index, and Unemployment.
- The Bank of England says that interest rate hikes will be gradual and limited due to continued concern about Brexit.
- The central bank lowered its economic outlook to zero in the second quarter of this year from a previous estimate of 0.2% growth.
Main Economics Data of BOE
- Gross domestic product in the United Kingdom expanded at 1.8% in the first quarter of 2019, up from 1.4% in the previous period.
- The UK unemployment rate fell to 3.8% in the first quarter of 2019, the lowest level since October to December 1974 and slightly below the market expectation of 3.9%.
- The annual inflation rate of the United Kingdom rose to 2.1% in April 2019 from 1.9% in the previous month but below market expectations of 2.2%.
Expected Bias: GBP Bearish
- Investors are uneasy about the new Prime Minister’s ability to control the situation of Britain’s withdrawal without the European Union’s joint agreement.
- GDP growth and Britain’s industrial output contracted.
- The UK inflation rate fell in May 2019.
- The Bank of England reduced its forecast of economic growth.