The minutes of AprilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bank of England meeting showed most members voted against tightening monetary policy, causing the pound to fall against the euro.
Reacting to data from last month that indicate a weaker economy, BOE policy makers voted 6-3 to keep the benchmark rate at a record low 0.5 percent. Short-sterling futures rose as investors pared bets on an increase in interest rates.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Markets should be a little surprised to find no further members voted for an increase in rates,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Neil Jones, head of European hedge fund sales in London at Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The pound is being sold as a reflex action by disappointed bulls.”
The pound depreciated 0.7 percent to 88.63 pence per euro at 4:30 p.m. in London, and earlier lost 1 percent, its biggest intraday drop since March 24. Against the dollar, sterling gained 0.5 percent to $1.6376. It slipped 0.4 percent in a basket of 10 developed-market currencies.
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