GBP/USD edges lower ahead of UK inflation

  • US retail sales dip, core retail sales rise
  • UK inflation expected to fall

The British pound has edged lower on Tuesday. In the North American session, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3038, down 0.27%.

UK inflation expected to fall

The UK is lagging behind other major economies in the fight to curb inflation. Will Wednesday’s inflation report bring some good news? In May, CPI remained stuck at 8.7% y/y but is expected to ease to 8.2% in June. The core rate is expected to remain steady at 7.1%. On a monthly basis, headline CPI is expected to fall from 0.7% to 0.4% and the core rate is projected to slow to 0.4%, down from 0.8%.

The inflation report could be a game-changer with regard to the Bank of  England’s meeting on August 3rd. The BoE delivered an oversize 50-basis point hike in June and will have to decide between a modest 25-bp hike or another 50-bp increase at the August meeting. Last week’s employment report pointed to wage growth picking up, which moved the dial in favour of a 50-bp increase.

US retail sales report a mixed bag

US retail sales for June provided a mixed spending picture. Headline retail sales rose just 0.2% m/m, below the 0.5% consensus estimate and the upwardly revised May reading of 0.5%. Core retail sales were much stronger at 0.6%, above the 0.3% consensus and the upwardly revised May release of 0.3%. The data points to resilience in consumer spending although momentum has slowed. The retail sales report did not change expectations with regard to rate policy, with the Fed expected to raise rates in July and take a pause in September.

The Fed has tightened by some 500 basis points in the current rate-hike cycle and this has curbed inflation, which has fallen to 3%. Nevertheless, the Fed remains concerned that the solid US economy and a tight labour market will make it difficult to hit the 2% inflation target, and the Fed hasn’t given any hints that it will wrap up its tightening in July, although the money markets appear to think this is the case.


GBP/USD Technical

  • GBP/USD has support at 1.2995 and 1.2906
  •  There is resistance at 1.3077 and 1.3116

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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