Bank expected to keep rate untouched
The highlight this week will be the meeting of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) to set UK lending rates, although a freeze is widely anticipated.
Sterling started the week at $1.86935, 1.47585 and 221.155 yen.
Recent comments by MPC members suggest interest rates will hold steady this month and a poll of economists by Reuters last week showed there was a 75 per cent chance that rates would stick this month and increase in November.
Today, Tesco will post its half-year results, with many taking the health of the supermarket giant as a yardstick for the state of consumer spending.
The firm's profits for the first half of the year could be over £1 billion.
In aviation both easyJet and British Airways will release passenger figures for September.
BP will also issue a trading update on Wednesday. The Observer reports that the firm could miss production goals following the closure of operations in Alaska.