GBP/EUR: Pound Weakens vs. Euro Ahead Of Retail Sales & Brexit Talks

The pound euro (GBP/EUR) trades at a 3 month high, rising towards €1.1675.

The pound is being lifted by bets that the BoE could keep interest rates high for longer. BoE governor Andrew Bailey is due to speak shorty and more hawkish comments could lift the pound further.

The market pushed back rate cut bets after services PMI returned to growth, easing recession fears.

The euro is under pressure after weaker than expected retail sales. Sales rose +0.1% MoM in October, below forecasts of 0.2%.

ECB hawk Isabel Schnabel said that another rate hike was unlikely given the falling in inflation.