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Pound Extends Advance Against Dollar After U.K. Services Data

March 05, 2013

The pound extended an advance versus the dollar after a gauge of U.K. services activity expanded more than analysts forecast last month.

Sterling advanced 0.5 percent to $1.5194 at 9:41 a.m. London time. It strengthened 0.3 percent to 85.94 pence per euro.

U.K. 10-year government bonds extended their decline, with the yield climbing six basis points, or 0.06 percentage point, to 1.97 percent.

A gauge of services activity was at 51.8, from 51.5 in January. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. The median of 29 analysts forecasts in a Bloomberg survey was for a reading of 51.0.

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