The pound has successfully clung to gains today and could continue to do so thanks to fresh Brexit confidence.
Sterling’s high levels have persevered despite disappointing UK construction and manufacturing production data.
Experts have said that optimism regarding a Brexit deal could serve to maintain the pound’s buoyancy.
The pound is currently trading at €1.144 against the euro, according to Bloomberg
Laura Parsons, currency analyst at TorFX, spoke to Express.co.uk regarding the latest exchange rate figures.
“The GBP/EUR exchange rate managed to hold previous gains on Wednesday and continued trading in the region of €1.144 despite disappointing construction and manufacturing production data for the UK.
“Although UK data is in short supply tomorrow, ongoing optimism that the UK is close to reaching a Brexit deal could keep Sterling supported against the common currency as we head towards the weekend.”
Market confidence has already increased as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hinted the chances of a good deal have grown, as did the Irish Deputy Prime Minister, Simon Coveney.
Coveney revealed on Sunday a Brexit deal is “90 per cent” completed “in terms of text” and should be finalised in the coming weeks.
But Kengo Suzuki, chief FX strategist at Mizuho Securities cautioned: “We can’t be too optimistic about the Brexit process.
“Even if a deal can be struck at an anticipated special EU summit in November, it has to get through the British Parliament.”
However, there has been a mixed outlook from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which has served to lower trader confidence.
IMF officials have cautioned slow Brexit progress could damage UK and Eurozone economic growth.
The report read: “The possible failure of Brexit negotiations poses another risk.
“An intensification of trade tensions and the associated further rise in policy uncertainty could dent business and financial market sentiment, trigger financial market volatility, and slow investment and trade.”
The next major Eurozone data to watch out for will be Thursday’s release of European Central Bank (ECB) meeting accounts.
If these accounts show that European Central Bank (ECB) policymakers could be planning to raise interest rates next year then the euro could rally against the pound.
Holidaymakers looking to escape the cold should think of heading to Turkey – the pound is strong against the Turkish lira meaning holidays to Turkey can be grabbed for a bargain.
Pressure on the lira saw inflation rates rise to nearly 25 per cent in September, marking the highest levels since President Erdogan came to power 15 years ago.
The most recent strain on the lira came after US sanctions were imposed over an American pastor, who is being held in Turkey for nearly two years over espionage and terrorism-related charges.
This morning, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis advised Britons to start booking their Christmas train tickets now instead of waiting.