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The British pound's descent from post-Brexit highs has gathered pace after the Bank of England's governor tempered market expectations of another interest rate hike from the bank next month


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The British pound's descent from post-Brexit highs has gathered pace after the Bank of England's governor tempered market expectations of another interest rate hike from the bank next month

Official figures show that inflation in Britain has unexpectedly fallen in March, a development that is likely to raise questions in the markets as to whether the Bank of England will raise interest rates again this month

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LONDON (AP) -- The British pound is falling from post-Brexit highs after the Bank of England's governor tempered market expectations of another interest rate hike next month.

In comments to the BBC on Thursday, Mark Carney noted some recent soft economic data, and reiterated that any interest rate rises would be gradual.

He said: "I don't want to get too focused on the precise timing - it is more about the general path."

For investors, that was a clear hint that a quarter-point rate increase to 0.75 percent at the next policy meeting on May 10 may not be guaranteed. The pound, which this week was close to the $1.44 level for the first time since the June 2016 Brexit, is down 0.2 percent Friday at $1.4065.

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