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    The British pound (GBP) continues to face pressure as recent data indicates cooling inflationary pressures in the UK, prompting speculation of a potential rate cut by the Bank of England (BoE) in June. Reports of UK grocery inflation hitting a three-year low suggest that headline inflation may decelerate rapidly in the upcoming months, potentially leading to a dip in the pound's value. The recent BoE interest rate decision, where two Monetary Policy Committee members voted for a rate cut, has further fueled expectations for a reduction in borrowing costs from their 16-year high.

    Although encouraging economic data such as a strong services sector PMI reading has been noted, uncertainties surrounding the inflation outlook and potential rate cut continue to weigh on the GBP exchange rates. FX analysts are closely monitoring the upcoming release of the Consumer Pricing Index (CPI) data on May 22, which is expected to show a significant drop from 3.2% to close to 2%, primarily due to changes in the energy price cap. With the possibility of a real interest rate reduction in June looming, forecasts suggest further pound weakness ahead. Institutions like HSBC and RBC anticipate the pound to depreciate against the US dollar in the second half of the year, citing political uncertainties and potential stagflation risks as key contributing factors to GBP's downside movement.

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