How the pound performed in 2013
The pound had a strong year in 2013, outperforming many major currencies.
Sterling rose against 53 of 74 currencies analysed in new research. Improved economic conditions in the UK are the main reason for its strong performance.
The biggest difference was seen in South America, and Venezuela in particular, where the bolivar fell by 48% against sterling. This is largely due to high inflation and a large budget deficit in South America.
Let's take a look at the other currencies it rose against in 2013.
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The Argentinian peso was the next worst performer against the pound, dropping 27.7%.
In third place was the kina in Papua New Guinea, with a 26.3% drop, with the Japanese yen, which went down by 24.7%, in fourth.
Of the 74 currencies included in the report from Lloyds Bank, 14 have fallen by more than 10% against the pound since November 2012. And that's been good news for holidaymakers, who've benefitted from more spending money.
But because most of the poorest performing countries were located outside the European Union, the travel costs mean the total holiday bill will still have been quite expensive.
*source: Thomson Datastream
Currencies outperforming the pound
A number of currencies did better than the pound in the past 12 months. Top of the list, rising by 7.2% against sterling, were the rupee spent in the Seychelles and Israeli shekel. The Romanian leu was also up 5%, while the euro increased by 3.5%.
*source: Thomson Datastream
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The UK versus the G20
The pound outperformed 13 of the 16 currencies included in the G20 group of economies.
The Australian dollar fell 15.7% against sterling, the South African rand dropped 15.6%, the Russian rouble fell 7.3% and the Canadian dollar dropped 7%.
Nitesh Patel, economist at Lloyds Bank, said: "Improving economic news has been one of the key drivers behind the general rise in the value of the pound, although some of the appreciation can also be explained by the fact that markets have lowered their expectations for US and eurozone official interest rates by more than they have for UK rates in recent months."
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