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GBP Reacts to Unexpected Decline in UK Inflation

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Explore the latest decline in UK inflation data, revealing a significant drop impacting GBP trends and market dynamics. Expert insights

UK INFLATION DROPS ACROSS THE BOARD

UK’s headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded a notable decrease, with a reading of 4.6%, surpassing the expected 4.8%. The core CPI, excluding volatile items like food and energy, also showed a decline at 5.7%, compared to the anticipated 5.8%. Housing, household services (energy), and food were the primary contributors to this drop.

GBP Reacts to Unexpected Decline in UK Inflation

UK inflation decreased in both core and headline measures, exceeding October estimates. The main drivers of this decline were lower prices of food and energy. Goods inflation dropped from 6.2% to 2.9% when comparing October 2023 to the same period last year. Services inflation, closely monitored, also experienced a modest decline from 6.9% to 6.6%.

The significant 12-month decline in headline inflation is evident, likely receiving praise from the UK government ahead of the upcoming Autumn (budget) Statement. Rishi Sunak had pledged to halve inflation by the end of 2023, and this latest development reinforces the belief that the Bank of England has ceased interest rate hikes. However, concerns persist regarding elevated inflation levels, average earnings, and services inflation, highlighted by the BoE as focus areas. Notably, average wages have garnered less recent attention.

UK Inflation Makes Positive Strides Towards 2% Goal

IMMEDIATE MARKET REACTION

The immediate market reaction remained relatively subdued following the release, with minimal impact on cable (GBP/USD). While yesterday’s lower US CPI had boosted cable on the day, the better-than-expected UK inflation threatens to offset those gains, albeit with a minor effect thus far.

GBP/USD illustrates the impact of yesterday’s US CPI print, propelling cable nearly 2% higher and above the 200-day simple moving average (SMA). Despite positive UK inflation data, the focus remains on the recent trend of softer US data, prompting the futures market to adjust expectations for interest rate cuts in 2024, consequently weakening the dollar.

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