The pound fell against the rest of its peers on Wednesday as some softer-than-expected inflation data prompted traders to rethink their expectations of an August rate hike.
The euro held its ground at the start of last week’s session going higher against the US dollar as markets favoured the single currency on rising geopolitical tensions.
The single currency’s movement against most of its other peers proved to be a little more limited however as investors feared that the Eurozone could be hit hard by increased US trade protectionism.
Meanwhile the second half of the week was a bit more trying for the single currency, as Eurozone industrial production was shown to have declined for the third consecutive month in February.
However the main driver behind the selloff of the euro was the release of the minutes from the latest ECB policy meeting on Thursday.
The minutes revealed that the bank is becoming increasingly concerned about recent movements in currency markets, particularly regarding the strength of the euro, which policymakers fear will hamper the Eurozone’s economic growth and the ECB’s attempts to bolster inflation.
The single currency may continue to struggle during this week’s session as well, with the Eurozone’s latest economic sentiment index expected to show analysts are becoming increasingly pessimistic in their economic outlook for the bloc.
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