Pound-dollar tourist rate lowest since 1986, Travelex says

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UK travellers buying US dollars for holiday money are getting the lowest rates for nearly 31 years, according to the exchange firm, Travelex.

On Monday, most travel money firms were offering $1.17 for every pound, the lowest rate since 1986.

The slide in sterling means holidays overseas will be more expensive for UK travellers.

Travelex's tourist rate is down 19% from its strongest level against the dollar over the past year.

It stood at just under $1.44 shortly before the UK's European Union referendum in June.

The fall against the euro has been less dramatic. The pound now stands at a little over 1.10 euros, the lowest since 9 November.

Sterling dropped sharply in Asian trade on Monday, before recovering some ground, following reports that Theresa May will signal that the UK is planning a "hard" exit from the European Union when she gives a speech on Tuesday.

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