It was a change of fortunes for the Pound on Thursday following news that the EU leaders called for the European Commission to publish it’s no deal plans. This indicated the leaders in the EU are lacking confidence in a post-Brexit trade deal being put in place before the year comes to an end. However, the currency got a boost from UK retail sales figures after growth remained strong during October. At the close of trading, the Foreign Exchange Market indicated that the pound finished the day at 1.1165 against the Euro and 1.3248 against the US Dollar.
Warnings were made about the impact of the second wave of coronavirus cases across Europe yesterday and that left the Euro relatively range-bound. It was also made apparent that the ECB is willing to increase its monetary stimulus but it also stated that leaders throughout the EU also need to make the fiscal stimulus a priority.
The US Dollar nudged higher on Thursday after rising coronavirus cases caused investors to seek comfort in the safe-haven currency. However, the US Dollar was held back as a result of the initial jobless figures for last week which saw a surprising rise.