GBP/USD: Pound Steady vs. Dollar Ahead of UK Budget

The pound euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate is rising for a fifth straight day, hitting €1.17.

The pound is supported after UK inflation cooled in line with forecasts to 6.8% YoY in July, down from 7.9% in June. But core CPI defied expectations and remained at 6.9%. Analysts had expected core CPI to fall to 6.8%.

The data, along with record wage growth, keeps pressure on the BoE to continue hiking interest rates.

There is no high-impacting UK economic data due today.

The euro has come under pressure despite encouraging GDP data which showed that the economy grew at 0.3% QoQ in Q2 up from 0% in Q1.

The eurozone trade balance is the only relevant data release today.