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Forex: GBP/USD eyes 1.5200 on better UK sales

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The British pound is hovering over the key resistance of 1.5200 on Thursday, after UK retail sales surprised traders rising 2.1% MoM in February and 2.6% on a yearly basis, crushing estimates and previous prints. Core sales (excluding fuel) expanded 1.9% on a monthly basis and 3.3% YoY.

At the moment, the cross advances 0.57% at 1.5188 with the next resistance at 1.5223 (high Feb.28) and then 1.5271 (Upper Bollinger).
On the downside, a breach of 1.5080 (MA21d) would expose 1.5030 (MA10d) and then 1.5026 (low Mar.20).

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National Statistics informed on Thursday that year-over-year UK Retail Sales jumped 2.6% in February, compared with the 0.5% drop in January and considerably above forecasts of +0.5%. On a monthly basis UK Retail Sales rose 2.1% in February, after sliding 0.7% in January and above expectations of growing 0.5%.
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