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EUR/GBP falls on reports Germany to back ECB easing measures

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Shutterstock photo - - The euro slid against the pound on Tuesday after news reports surfaced revealing Germany would back the use of fresh stimulus tools at the European Central Bank if the need should arise.

In U.S. trading, EUR/GBP was down 0.15% at 0.8144, up from a session low of 0.8136 and off a high of 0.8174.

The pair was likely to find support at 0.8134, the low from Jan. 9, 2013, and resistance at 0.8248, Thursday's high.

The Wall Street Journal reported the German central bank Bundesbank would back monetary easing measures, including a negative rate on bank deposits and purchases of packaged bank loans, if such tools were needed to keep persistently low levels of inflation from becoming entrenched in the euro zone.

Last week, ECB President Mario Draghi said monetary authorities were "comfortable" with acting at their next meeting in June after reviewing the latest economic projections, and the euro fell on sentiments that European monetary policy is set to loosen.

The single currency also came under pressure after data showed that German economic sentiment slumped to a 16-month low in May.

The ZEW Centre for Economic Research reported that its index of German economic sentiment dropped to 33.1 this month from 43.2 in April. Analysts had expected a reading of 41.0.

The current conditions index improved to 62.1 from 59.5 in April, ahead of expectations of 60.5.

The euro was down against the dollar, with EUR/USD down 0.33% to 1.3713, and down against the yen, with EUR/JPY down 0.24% at 140.16.

In the U.S. earlier, the Commerce Department reported earlier that U.S. retail sales rose just 0.1% in April, missing expectations for a 0.4% increase. Retail sales for March were revised up to a 1.5% gain from a previously reported increase of 1.2%.

Core retail sales, which exclude automobile sales, were flat in April, disappointing forecasts for a 0.6% increase. Core sales in March were revised up to a rise of 1% from a previously reported increase of 0.7%

On Wednesday, the euro zone is to produce data on industrial production.

The U.K. is to release official data on the change in the number of people unemployed and the unemployment rate and average earnings. The BoE is to publish its quarterly inflation report, and Governor Mark Carney is to hold a press conference to discuss the report. offers an extensive set of professional tools for the financial markets.

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