Pound gets a boost from Carney's 'confidence' in economy

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Image How Mark Carney might look in one of Gareth Southgate's waistcoats

"Domestically, the incoming data have given me greater confidence that the softness of United Kingdom activity in the first quarter was largely due to the weather, not the economic climate", he said.

In a speech given at the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Carney noted that employment is at a record high, real wages are rising, and "domestic inflationary pressures are gradually building to rates consistent with the inflation target".

Following the Governor's remarks, the pound sterling edged up 0.2% against the U.S. dollar to $1.3254.

"For example, survey measures of global export orders and manufacturing output have fallen back from highs at the start of this year, and growth in USA and euro area capital goods orders fell to zero in Q1", he said.

Sir Jon was one of the six members of the Monetary Policy Committee to vote against a rate rise in June but many commentators expect an increase at the August meeting taking the base rate above 0.5 per cent for the first time since 2009.

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Remainer David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, said the package was "realistic" and is "in effect. a common market". Mrs May said the "common rule book" for goods in a UK-EU free trade area will "maintain high standards".

"Bank of England simulations suggest that the impact of narrow, bilateral tariff increases through direct trade channels would tend to be small - reflecting the small share of overall exports affected - and would be largely confined to the countries directly involved", Carney said.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US will implement a 25% import tariff on a list of Chinese products on Friday. He referred to confirm from the IHS Markit/CIPS obtaining supervisors' file (PMI), which proposed that worldwide fare requests and assembling yield have fallen again from highs toward the beginning of the year. Eastern time Friday. China has pledged to respond with corresponding tariffs on US imports immediately after the American levies take effect.

"It would be an unalloyed, unadulterated absolute good".

And in tribute to England's coach Gareth Southgate, whose dapper dress sense has boosted sales at retailer Marks & Spencer, he added: "I will get my waistcoat this afternoon".

The Bank governor also praised the England team's work ethic, humility and its innovation, adding: "This is a pleasure to watch right now, so we are all behind them".

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