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Old 16-08-2023, 10:32
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Default After UK CPI data release, GBP/JPY surged past 185.00

After the release of UK Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, the GBP/JPY currency pair experienced a surge, surpassing the 185.00 mark. This positive momentum in the cross is due to the encouraging inflation figures from the UK. However, market participants are also closely monitoring the possibility of foreign exchange (FX) intervention by the Bank of Japan.

According to the latest data from the UKís National Statistics, the CPI for June showed a month-on-month decrease of -0.4%, slightly better than the market consensus of -0.5%. On a yearly basis, British CPI inflation rose to 6.8% in June, in line with expectations. The core CPI, which excludes volatile oil and food prices, increased by 6.9% in July, surpassing the estimated 6.8%. Additionally, the UK Retail Price Index (RPI) for July reported a month-on-month decline of -0.6% and a year-on-year increase of 9.0%.

Meanwhile, Japanís economic growth data for the second quarter revealed a QoQ increase of 1.5%, higher than the expected 0.8% and the previous 0.7%. On an annual basis, Japanís GDP rose to 6.0%, exceeding the estimated 3.1% and the previous 2.7%. The Yenís weakness can be attributed to the monetary policy differential between the US and Japan, with the potential for additional rate hikes by the Bank of England acting as a boost for the Pound Sterling and potentially benefiting the GBP/JPY cross.

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