Britain’s services sector enjoyed a sharp pick-up in growth last month but companies were nervous about Brexit, a closely watched survey showed on Friday, a day after the Bank of England raised interest rates for the first time in a decade.The IHS Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) jumped to 55.6 in October from 53.6 in September, its highest level since April and its biggest one-month rise sinceAugust 2016. The reading exceeded all forecasts in a Reuters poll and moved further above the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction.
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Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.