The pound fell to a three-month low versus the dollar after a government report showed the trade deficit widened more than economists forecast, fueling bets the central bank will need to add more stimulus to spur growth.
Following is a summary of the September U.K. Shop Price Index from the British Retail Consortium in London.
A quest for greater convenience kept Britons away from stores in December as more shoppers chose to order online and collect purchases at their leisure.
A U.K. house-price gauge showed little improvement in June as a “subdued” economic outlook hampered demand for property, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said.
U.K. construction unexpectedly returned to growth last month and retail sales increased, adding to indications of a tentative economic recovery.