The Bank of England, once widely expected to start weaning Britain off near-zero interest rates this month, now looks set to signal no rise in interest rates until the middle of next year. The BoE kept rates at 0.5 percent, their level since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009.
More attention will be paid to economic projections the Bank is due to publish on Nov. 12. It is likely to will reflect gathering clouds over Britain's fast-recovering economy since the BoE made its last quarterly forecasts in August. A combination of weak inflation that could fall below 1 percent soon, slow wage growth and the risk of a return to recession in the euro zone. these headwinds have already prompted some of the Bank's top officials to say they are not ready to start returning to more normal monetary policy.
The Euro struggled during yesterday’s session after the European Central Bank decided to keep interest rates at record lows and indicated they are ready to take more policy action if needed to revive their struggling economy.
The ECB chief said risks to the euro zone's recovery remained skewed to the downside and ECB and national central banks' staff had been tasked with "ensuring the timely preparation of further measures to be implemented if needed", causing the euro to hit a 26-month low across a basket of currencies.
There were fewer Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits last week, first-time jobless claims dropped 10,000 to a three-week low of 278,000 in the week ended November 1st. Cutbacks in dismissals and increased hiring are sustaining household purchases, which account for 70 percent of the world’s largest economy.
Productivity rose more than projected in the third quarter, helping to contain labour costs even as employment picks up. The US Labour Department’s measurement of employee output per hour also increased 2 percent year on year. As a result the U.S dollar strengthened during yesterdays session.
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