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Posted April 5th, 2011 by Charles Purdy

EUR/GBP Rate & Comments for 5th April 2011

EURO/GBP - 1.1377

A steady start to the week for sterling gaining slightly against the euro and the US$. A survey by the British Chamber of Commerce highlighted the fragility of the UK economic recovery with cash flow and price pressures being key constraints. The good news was that export activity continued to be strong. The oil price, in sterling terms, has reached a record level which is another pressure on the UK economy; businesses and consumers will suffer. Sterling is under pressure and will remain so for the time being – get in touch for the latest information and prices.
 
Yield on Portuguese debt is approaching 10%. Clearly unsustainable and the expectation is that a bail out must come sometime soon. However the problem is that there is an interim government in place in Portugal which makes any decision making very difficult. The effect on the euro is minimal as the market awaits the European Central Bank meeting on Thursday and the expected 0.25% rise in interest rates. This is the reason for euros strength against sterling and the US$. So don’t expect the euro to weaken any time soon – call in now to get the latest price.

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