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SocGen: Gloomy UK Labor Data Signals Potential GBP/USD Decline Toward 1.20

By eFXdata  —  Apr 16 - 10:45 AM


Société Générale (SocGen) projects a potential decline for GBP/USD towards 1.20 following disappointing UK labor market data. The data underscores concerns about weak productivity and inflation persistence, suggesting a challenging economic outlook for the UK, which contrasts starkly with the more robust U.S. economic performance.

Key Points:

  • Depressing UK Labor Market Report: The latest labor market data from the UK paints a grim picture, with underlying ex-bonus wage growth remaining high at 6% year-over-year in February, only slightly down from 6.1% the previous month. Additionally, employment figures have dropped significantly, with a 3-month/3-month change showing a decrease of 156,000 jobs.

  • Increased Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate has risen from 4.0% to 4.2%, adding to the economic woes and heightening concerns about the overall health of the UK labor market.

  • Monetary Policy Implications: Despite the pressing need for economic stimulation, the Bank of England (BoE) may approach rate cuts cautiously due to persistent wage inflation. SocGen's analysis aligns with comments from BoE MPC member Megan Greene, emphasizing the unique challenges faced by the UK economy compared to the U.S., particularly in terms of productivity and inflation.

  • Currency Impact: The weak labor market data and cautious outlook on rate cuts are likely to exert downward pressure on the GBP, particularly against the USD. SocGen sees GBP/USD potentially testing the 1.20 level as market conditions evolve. Meanwhile, EUR/GBP is near the lower end of its range and could see upward movement.


SocGen forecasts a challenging period ahead for the British pound, particularly against the U.S. dollar, driven by stark contrasts in economic conditions between the UK and the U.S. and the somber implications of the latest UK labor data.

Société Générale Research/Market Commentary


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