The market focus was set around the Scottish referendum, with a no vote determined the pound had its biggest 24 hour move in over a year. GBP also strengthened notably against the EUR (2-year highs), CHF (2 year highs) and of course the JPY (6 year highs) as the Japanese government admits defeat and downgrades its economic assessment for the first time in 5 months.
U.K. retail sales rose the most in four months in August, helped in part by a surge in demand for vacuum cleaners before new restrictions on powerful electrical appliances came into effect. The volume of sales including auto fuel increased 0.4 percent from July.
The Initial Jobless Claims released by the US Department of Labour came in at 280K better than 305K expected by economists.
Firms responding to the Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey indicated that there was continued growth in the region’s manufacturing sector in September. Although the current activity index fell from its relatively high reading in August, the other broad indicators increased from their readings last month.
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