Pound shrugs as retail sales sparkle

GBP/USD is having a calm Friday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.3274, up 0.09% on the day.

British retail sales jump

With speculation growing that a Brexit deal could be announced any day now, economic releases have taken a back seat. Still, the trading week ended on a positive note, as retail sales posted strong gains for as second consecutive month. In October, retail sales climbed 1.3%, following a gain of 1.5% beforehand. This points to healthy consumer spending, and no less important, shows confidence in the economy. The Christmas shopping season, which is a key engine of domestic growth, will be even more critical this year, with the economy reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Markets eye Brexit breakthrough

Talks on Britain’s departure from the European Union have had more than their fair share of disruptions, and this was again the case on Thursday, as face-to-face talks were suspended on Thursday, as the EU announced that one of its negotiators had contracted Covid-19. The talks were already on a tight deadline, as the UK will leave the s single market and customs union on December 31st. The sides have not released any statements as to the progress of the talks , but the financial markets have priced in a zero chance of a non-deal Bexit. We could hear a dramatic announcement of a deal as early as Monday.

The suspension of talks is the tortuous road to Brexit, which has gone on since the referendum in June 2016. With less than six weeks until the UK finally leaves the European Union, there are likely to be further twists and turns before the clock mercifully strikes midnight on December 31st.

GBP/USD Technical

  • There is support at 1.3216, followed by a support line at 1.3165
  • GBP/USD faces resistance at 1.3298, followed by resistance is 1.3329
  • The 10-day MA line, situated slightly below the pair, remains relevant

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.
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