Economic activity in the UK's private sector continued to expand at an accelerating pace in January, with S&P Global/CIPS Composite PMI rising to 52.5 in January's flash estimate from 52.1 in December. This print came in above the market consensus of 52.2.
S&P Global/CIPS Manufacturing PMI edged higher to 47.3 from 46.2 in the same period, while the Services PMI advanced to 53.8 from 53.4.
Commenting on the report, "the surprising strength of growth in January, which has exceeded forecasts, may deter the Bank of England from cutting interest rates as soon as many are expecting, especially as supply disruptions in the Red Sea are reigniting inflation in the manufacturing sector," said Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence Supply.
"Supply delays have spiked higher as shipping is re-routed around the Cape of Good Hope, the longer journey times lifting factory costs at a time of still-elevated price pressures in the service sector. Inflation is therefore indicated to remain stubbornly higher in the 3-4% range in the near future," Williamson added.
GBP/USD gathered bullish momentum on the upbeat PMI readings and was last seen rising 0.6% on the day at 1.2760.