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Dec 22 (Reuters) - The UK Office for National Statistics made sure neither UK interest rate hawks or doves were left empty-handed this Christmas via its final pre-Xmas data releases on Friday.
Hawks opposed to a Bank of England interest rate cut anytime soon were squawking after unwrapping their data present from the ONS showing UK retail sales rose by a much higher-than-expectedMM in November, with October retail sales revised up by 0.3%.
Doves advocating a BoE rate cut as early as March, meanwhile, were cooing after their ONS gift revealed to UK gross domestic product for the third and second quarters - to minus 0.1% and zero respectively.
GBP/USD scaled a two-day peak of 1.2716 after the UK data, as the retail sales beat trumped the GDP revisions.
1.2716 approximates to the low before Wednesday's softer-than-expected data - which hurt the pound.
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