The pound stayed higher against the euro after a report showed jobless claims rose at a slower pace than predicted in November.
Sterling was 0.2 percent stronger at 84.05 pence per euro at 9:34 a.m. London time. It was climbed 0.2 percent against the dollar, to $1.5515.
Jobless claims rose 3,000 in November and a revised 2,500 in October, the Office for National Statistics said today. Economists predicted 13,700.
Unemployment rose to a 17-year high 2.64 million in the three months to October, the ONS said.