UK Retail Sales drop 2.3% MoM in April vs. -0.4% expected


  • The UK Retail Sales came in at -2.3% MoM in April, a big miss.
  • Core Retail Sales for the UK dropped 2.0% MoM in April.
  • GBP/USD extends losses below 1.2700 after dismal UK data.

The UK Retail Sales dropped 2.3% over the month in April vs. -0.4% expected and -0.2% in March, the latest data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed Friday.

The Core Retail Sales, stripping the auto motor fuel sales, fell 2.0% MoM, compared to a 0.6% decline in March and the market forecast of -0.6%.

The annual Retail Sales in the United Kingdom decreased by 2.7% in April versus March’s 0.4% while the Core Retail Sales declined by 3.0% in the reported month versus 0% previous. Both figures fell short of expectations.

Market reaction to UK Retail Sales report

GBP/USD sees fresh offers on the poor UK data release, down 0.7% on the day to trade near 1.2685, as of writing.

British Pound PRICE Today

The table below shows the percentage change of British Pound (GBP) against listed major currencies today. British Pound was the weakest against the Canadian Dollar.

  USD EUR GBP JPY CAD AUD NZD CHF
USD   0.03% 0.03% 0.11% 0.03% 0.08% 0.07% 0.10%
EUR -0.03%   0.02% 0.05% -0.02% 0.05% 0.04% 0.09%
GBP -0.03% -0.02%   0.02% -0.04% 0.05% 0.02% 0.05%
JPY -0.11% -0.05% -0.02%   -0.06% -0.03% -0.03% -0.01%
CAD -0.03% 0.02% 0.04% 0.06%   0.04% 0.04% 0.07%
AUD -0.08% -0.05% -0.05% 0.03% -0.04%   -0.02% 0.02%
NZD -0.07% -0.04% -0.02% 0.03% -0.04% 0.02%   0.03%
CHF -0.10% -0.09% -0.05% 0.00% -0.07% -0.02% -0.03%  

The heat map shows percentage changes of major currencies against each other. The base currency is picked from the left column, while the quote currency is picked from the top row. For example, if you pick the British Pound from the left column and move along the horizontal line to the US Dollar, the percentage change displayed in the box will represent GBP (base)/USD (quote).

 

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