The new $500 billion coronavirus bill failed to pass the US Senate vote on Thursday September 10 as all Senate Democrats and one Republican voted against it. The bill mostly advocated by Republicans, is at a smaller scale compared to the previous aid package, which expired at the end of July. The Democrats find the new bill inadequate as it does not address many pressing issues.
On Thursday September 10, ECB decided to maintain the benchmark interest rate at 0%, with the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility rates at 0.25% and -0.50% respectively. The rates will be kept at current or lower levels until the inflation outlook improves close to the 2% target. The bank will continue its asset purchases under the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme worth €1.35 trillion.
EU on Thursday gave UK a deadline by the end of this month to withdraw the Internal Market Bill, which overrides parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and breaks the international law.
Europe saw new peaks in coronavirus infections last week. The UK R number now stands between 1 and 1.2, indicating that the infections are spreading fast. On Thursday, France reported a record jump in daily infections at 9,843 and Germany also showed a rising rate in new cases over last week.
UK unemployment rate will be released on Tuesday September 15, expected at 4.1%.
UK CPI for August will be announced on Wednesday September 16, with an expectation of 0.1% YoY.
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