The annualized UK Industrial Production contracted further from -0.8% to -1.2% in August, with a monthly -0.5% decline as expected. Manufacturing production shows a big annualized change, from +3.2% to -1.2%, with a monthly -1.2% contraction.
The risk aversion fall on the ECB's Draghi speech before the European Parliament found support at 1.6000 ground, and after a bounce to 1.6025, the pair went back down for a retest as UK data is digested. “The GBP/USD came under increasing downside pressure yesterday and will shortly encounter the 38.2% retracement support at
1.5995”, wrote Commerzbank analyst Karen Jones, pointing to resistance at 1.6221 and risk for a slide back to the 1.5912/00 zone (50% retracement of the move up from July and also the 23rd August high).