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GBP/JPY registered a strong sell-off and is now located at 152.84 level. Technically, the pair has reached strong dynamic support levels, so we cannot exclude a temporary rebound.

The Japanese Yen has taken full control after the BOJ. The Bank of Japan kept the interest rate at 0.10% as expected. The Japanese National Core CPI increased by 0.1%, versus 0.0% expected.  

Unfortunately, the British Pound has taken a hit from the UK Retail Sales data. The economic indicator dropped by 1.4% even though economic analysts had expected a 1.5% growth in May after 9.2% growth in April.

GBP/JPY: Pound hit by unexpected drop in sales

Part of the explanation for the drop lay in the shift from spending in supermarkets to restaurants.

Sales ex petrol fell 2.1%, while fuel sales were up 6.2%.

Non-food sales improved 2.3%, with declines at department stores and clothes shops offset by a 9% rise in household goods sales.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also reported total sales in the three months to May 8.3% higher than in the previous quarter.

“Following a sharp increase last month coinciding with post-lockdown reopening, retail sales dipped slightly in May. However, they remain well above both their pre-pandemic levels and those seen in March before shops reopened,” said Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the ONS.

The figures, however, do little to dispel the fact that the economy is still bouncing back strongly. The power behind the recovery is coming through from both pent up demand and the ability to realise that demand as a result of many consumers being able to amass large savings during the lockdown periods of the pandemic.

gbpjpy price chart 18 june 2021

GBP/JPY is under massive selling pressure right now, so a downside continuation is favored. It has reached a confluence area formed at the intersection between the 150% Fibonacci line of the descending pitchfork with the first warning line (WL1).

Breaking below this area could signal a larger drop in the short term. On the other hand, registering only a false breakdown and stabilizing above this area could announce a potential bounce back.

The next downside target is seen at the weekly S3 (152.35). A valid breakdown through this static support may announce a border decline towards 152.00 or even lower.  

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