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Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling rises – but attention remains on coronavirus

Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling rises - but attention remains on coronavirus 1

The pound to euro exchange rate is clawing back gains after slumping to a two-week low mid-week. Yesterday, GBP traded to a relatively tight range with the common currency. However, this morning the exchange rate is up on yesterday’s as the last full trading week of April comes to an end.

Investors continue to monitor to other data, too, however.

This week, the latest PMI surveys indicated record-low levels of economic output on both sides of the Channel.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that the UK’s inflation rate had fallen to 1.5 percent in March.

This was mainly driven by falls in the price of clothing and fuel ahead of the coronavirus lockdown.

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As for today’s data, the UK retail sales print is due out – although experts predict little impact from this.

The pound is currently trading at 1.1459 against the euro, according to Bloomberg at the time of writing.

Michael Brown, currency expert at international payments and foreign exchange firm Caxton FX, spoke to Express.co.uk regarding the latest exchange rate figures this morning.

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“Sterling trod water against the common currency on Thursday, trading within a relatively tight range for the duration of the trading day,” said Brown.

“[This was] despite the latest PMI surveys pointing to record-low levels of economic output on both sides of the Channel.

“Today, investors will continue to monitor the latest coronavirus reports while this morning’s UK retail sales print shouldn’t be much of a market mover.”

Jeremy Thomson Cook, Chief Economist at Equals also shared his expert comment on the current economic situation – and prediction for the rest of 2020.

“With the UK apparently passing the peak of Covid-19 infections in the past week or so, the conversation has moved from the imposition of a lockdown towards the prospect of relaxing some of the measures,” he said.

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