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Posted October 21st, 2011 by Charles Purdy

EUR/GBP Rate & Comments for 20th October 2011

EURO/GBP - 1.1456

Sterling hit a one month high against the US dollar yesterday, helped by improved investor sentiment towards riskier assets. However, the rally ran out of steam as sterling broke through $1.58/£1 and investors took profits. Sterling strengthened despite minutes from the recent Bank of England meeting that showed real concern about the economic environment internationally – in particular the euro zone. In the medium term, sterling is likely to suffer as growth stagnates around the world. Out later today we have retail sales data that is expected to show no growth on last month as the impact of increasing energy bills bites. Call in now for a live exchange rate.

In the euro zone, the euro strengthened across the board on renewed hope that Sunday’s European summit will deliver a decisive solution to solve th region’s debt crisis. Optimism over the potential plan saw a euro rally that has continued despite the downgrade of Spain’s credit rating by rating agency Moody’s and attempts by the German finance minister to play down the optimism over Sunday’s meeting. Out today there is consumer confidence figures so call in now for a live exchange rate. 

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