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Sterling Edges Lower after Record GDP Fails to Impress

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LONDON, June 11 Reuters The pound edged lower and was on course for its worst week versus the euro, with analysts saying data showing Britains recovery from the COVID19 pandemic sped up in April was slightly disappointing.

Britains GDP was a record 27.6 higher than a year earlier when the virus was rampant. But economic output remained 3.7 below its level in February 2020, before the pandemic led to lockdown measures.

Sterling fell 0.1 to 85.97 pence at 0830 GMT and was on course for its worst week versus the single currency since late April.

Versus the dollar, it was also down 0.1 to 1.4154, after falling to a onemonth low of 1.4071 on Thursday.

UK GDP data release this morning, while strong, did not quite meet market expectations. Also, reports that the reopening of the economy could be delayed beyond June 21 should limit enthusiasm for GBP versus the euro, said Jane Foley, Head of FX Strategy at Rabobank.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to fully lift lockdown restrictions in England on June 21, helped by a swift vaccine rollout that has brightened Britains economic outlook.

But with the Delta variant of COVID19 first detected in India spreading fast, Johnson has said the lifting of lockdown could be delayed.

Sterling was under pressure this week after Britain and the European Union failed to agree on solutions to postBrexit trade problems in Northern Ireland.

It won back a little ground on Thursday as investors expected the Federal Reserve to keep its…

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