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Sterling continues to challenge exporters

By Callum Holmes August 12th, 2014

Challenges for UK Exporters

The UK economy seems to be experiencing what can be described as ‘robust’ growth compared to what is happening in the Eurozone. Annualised growth for the second quarter of this year was over 3%, inflation is not far from the Bank of England target of 2%, unemployment has fallen to just over the 6% level and talk has moved to when UK interest rates will be increased. This has seen sterling strengthen significantly over a period of nine months, to the end of June 2014.

The problem, though, is that sterling strength increases the cost of our exports which, given our largest export market is the long-suffering Eurozone, has a perceived negative impact on our price competiveness.

 

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