UK construction PMI beats views in December

UK's construction purchasing-managers' index (PMI) hit a seasonally adjusted 54.2 in December, from November's 52.8 and versus market expectations for a reading of 52.6.

Net lending to individual came in at £5.1bn in November, which was ahead of views for £4.9bn and from £4.9bn previously.

Mortgage approvals printed at 67.5k for November, which was ahead of the 69k anticipated by the market and from 68k in October.

M4 Money Supply was up 0.4%, well below the 1.4% predicted by the market and from 1.1% previously.