As the Bank of England Governor was preparing to give his update on the U.K. economy, new stats dropped onto his mahogany table.
Unemployment is down - but so are wages.
The drop in average salaries over the year to June will be a stark warning to the Governor that it's too soon to raise interest rates.
If it were to happen now too many households would drop into unsustainable debt.
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