At 2.00 am ET Friday, the Office for National Statistics releases UK retail sales data for August. Ahead of the data, the pound rose against its major rivals.

The pound was worth 1.3806 against the greenback, 151.71 against the yen, 1.2795 against the franc and 0.8524 against the euro as of 1:55 am ET.

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