The pound perks up shrugging off retail sales data

UK CPI hits its largest fall from one month to the next since 1992

By Nadia Elbilassy | @Nadia Elbilassy | 17 November 2023

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  • Retail sales in the UK drops to a negative 0.3% vs 0.5% expected.

  • European stock markets experienced a slight increase on Friday, with Germany's DAX up by 0.6%

  • Global markets reflected optimism for a potential end-of-year rally, with stocks poised to rise as markets considered rate cuts for 2024.

Market watch of the day!

The GBP/USD pair

Despite experiencing weakness in yesterday's session, the Pound persisted in its upward trajectory, registering a 0.4% increase and reaching 1.242. And from the data side, recent indicators revealed a -0.3% monthly decline and a 2.7% annual decrease in U.K. retail sales for October. The purchasing power of consumers continued to decline as the economy teeters on the brink of a recession, with interest rates maintaining a 15-year peak.

Early on this week, the U.K. Consumer Price Index (CPI) plummeted to 4.6% on an annual basis in October, down from 6.7% in September. Which was the largest drop month to month since April 1992.

European stocks

European stock markets saw a slight uptick on Friday, as the stock market overall took a U turn after US inflation edged lower, increasing the possibilities of the end of the tightening cycles.

Germany’s DAX index was up by 0.6%, France's CAC 40 showed a 0.7% increase, and the U.K.'s FTSE 100 rose by 0.8%.

US Majors

US futures were set for weekly gains this week after a positive week based on key economic data.

The S&P 500 was seen opening higher in pre-market near 4,518, While the tech heavy Nasdaq hovered near 15,837. Global markets have been pricing in the possibility of a end of year rally pulling stocks higher as well markets digest rate cuts for 2024.