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By Ritvik Carvalho
LONDON, May 24 Sterling traded below seven-month
highs against the dollar on Friday as investors awaited data on
the construction sector in Britain while keeping an eye out for
polls on the country's general election due in less than a week.
The pound has recently been choppy, with investors unsure if
Prime Minister Theresa May will secure a large majority in the
June 8 vote following polls predicting a range of outcomes from
a slim majority for her Conservatives to a hung parliament.
Nevertheless, the currency has held onto its gains since May
announced the vote in mid-April, as the polls still show her
Conservatives winning despite the opposition Labour Party
narrowing down her lead.
By 0810 GMT, the pound was down 0.1 percent at $1.2866.In
mid-May, it touched its highest level since September at
Sterling was 0.2 percent lower at 87.18 pence per euro.
Growth in the UK's construction industry accelerated to a
four-month high in April, adding to tentative signs the economy
might be recovering momentum after a lacklustre start to 2017.
Economists polled by Reuters expect the Markit/CIPS
construction purchasing managers' index to show a reading of
52.7 for May when the data comes out at 0830 GMT.
(Reporting by Ritvik Carvalho; Editing by Hugh Lawson)