UK Retail Sales Stagnate in February after 3.6% Surge in January

  • Non-food store gross sales elevated by 0.7% nonetheless had been down 0.5% over the one year.
  • Attire store gross sales rose by 1.7% month-on-month in February, driving non-food store gross sales elevated.
  • Division and other non-food store gross sales elevated by 1.6% and zero.4%, respectively.
  • On the opposite hand, food store gross sales volumes declined by 0.3% in February.
  • Automobile gas gross sales had been down 1.3% month-on-month.

Retail gross sales volumes had been down 0.4% within the three months to February compared with the outdated three months.

Retail gross sales had been down 0.4% one year-on-one year in February and remained 1.3% below pre-pandemic ranges (February 2020).

Financial institution of England Monetary Policy Implications

The pullback in retail gross sales supported the Financial institution of England outlook on curiosity rates and monetary policy.

On Thursday, the dynamics of the Monetary Policy Committee Meeting turned sharply dovish. The MPC voted 8-1 for maintaining curiosity rates at 5.25%. One MPC member voted for an curiosity price lower. Within the outdated meeting, two MPC participants voted for a price hike in a 7-2 vote to saunter away curiosity rates at 5.25%.

Weaker client spending may presumably dampen ask-pushed inflation and gas BoE discussions about an curiosity price lower.

GBP/USD Response to the UK Retail Sales Numbers

Ahead of the UK retail gross sales figures, the GBP/USD rose to a high of $1.26750 outdated to falling to a low of $1.26234.

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