The annual Consumer Price Index in the UK rose for a change: from 2.4% to 2.6% in July. Early expectations stood on 2.3%.
The target of the Bank of England is 1-3%. CPI returned to the 3% level in April after many months of higher price rises. It is still within target.
GBP/USD was trading just above 1.57 early in the day and moved a bit higher to 1.5720 just before the release.
Also accompanying indicators surprised: Core CPI rose to an annual level of 2.3% and the Retail Price Index (RPI) jumped to 3.2%.
Core CPI was expected to remain unchanged at 2.1%. The RPI was also expected to remain at the same level as last month: 2.8%. HPI, which is usually dismissed due to other figures, remained unchanged at 2.3% and didn’t rise to 2.7% as expected.
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