Oil Price down as U.S. production restarts

After five consecutive sessions of trading higher, prices of crude oil today slipped, as several energy companies restarted production.

It was reported that as a result of the recent Hurricanes in the region, some companies  in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico halted operations.

Many believe that this contributed to the recent rise in energy prices, however if this supply channel has once again reopened, prices may begin to stabilize.

WTI crude fell to an intraday low of $71.23 in today’s session, cementing a decline of roughly 1%.

This drop could worsen in upcoming days, with one third of output in the region still reportedly offline.

British retail sales decline, GBPUSD slips

In the United Kingdom, the FTSE 100 also dropped, with GBPUSD trading lower on the news that retail sales had declined.

According to the data from the Office for National Statistics retail sales fell by 0.9% last month, whilst remaining above pre-pandemic levels.

Many believe that the drop in retail sales comes as Brits opt to eat-out choosing restaurants, opposed to shopping at supermarkets. 

This was somewhat validated with figures showing that the Clothing and footwear sector was the only area to see sales rise in August.

GBPUSD hit an intraday low of 1.3741,its lowest level since September 8th, whilst the FTSE 100 fell below the 7000 level, closing the week 0.91% lower.


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