Overnight the dollar fell as markets waited in anticipation for President-elect Donald Trump to be sworn in later on today, weakening the dollar and helping to push GBP/USD back to $1.2375.
However, the pound has been unable to hold onto the ground it has made, after weaker than forecast UK retail sales figures were released this morning.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that retail sales had fallen by 1.9% in December, the biggest monthly drop for over four and a half years.
The data release had an immediate impact on the value of the pound, and with sterling tumbling across the board the GBP/USD cross now finds itself trading $1.2270.
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