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South Africa's rand on the back foot ahead of PPI, trade data JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand traded softer than its previous close against the dollar on Thursday and could weaken further if the latest trade data shows a wider-than-expected deficit for June.The rand was at 10.6880 per dollar by 0642 GMT, down 0.26 percent from where it ended the New York session on Wednesday.Government bonds were also a shade weaker, with yields for the heavily-traded 2026 and 2015 issues each nudging 1 basis point higher to 8.30 percent and 6.705 percent respectively.The rand fell to a 1-1/2 week low of 10.7190 on Wednesday, after U.S. GDP data beat market forecasts and the Federal Reserve issued a hawkish statement, reducing appetite for high yielding but riskier emerging currencies."What these moves have created as far as the rand is concerned is an environment where there could be a lot at stake over the next few trading sessions," Standard Bank trader Warrick Butler said.The rand ...


Kenyan shilling steady, eyes on inflation data NAIROBI: The Kenyan shilling was steady on Thursday and traders said they expected it to keep the trend in coming days, barring consumer price inflation figures rising beyond the central bank's target level.At 0750 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 87.80/90 to the dollar, compared with Wednesday's close of 87.70/90.Traders said they were keeping an eye on July's inflation data, due to be released on Thursday, with any significant rise above 7.5 percent likely ...

Egyptian pound stable at central bank sale, weaker on black market CAIRO: The Egyptian pound was stable at a central bank dollar sale on Thursday and weakened slightly on the black market.The central bank said it sold $37.6 million at a cut-off price of 7.1401 pounds per dollar, unchanged from its most recent sale last Thursday, before the Muslim Eid holiday.The rate for the dollar sales has stayed within a very tight range since the beginning of June, after the bank allowed the pound to weaken ...

Sri Lanka rupee ends steady on state banks' dollar buying COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee closed steady on Thursday as dollar-buying by two state banks prevented sharp gains in the local currency due to inflows from inward remittances and exporter dollar sales amid mild importer demand for the greenback, dealers said.The rupee ended at 130.21/22 per dollar, unchanged from Wednesday's close.Dealers said the rupee is still facing an upward pressure with the two state banks buying dollars at 130.21 rupees.Usually the central bank intervenes through ...

Lowest euro zone inflation in 5 years leaves euro weak LONDON: The euro hovered near a nine-month trough against the dollar on Thursday after data showed euro zone inflation falling to its lowest since the height of the financial crisis five years ago.Consumer prices in the 18 countries sharing the single currency crept up 0.4 percent on the year in July, down from 0.5 percent in June - uncomfortably close to deflationary territory and far below the European Central Bank's 2 percent target.In stark contrast, ...

Dollar shines, US yields surge on upbeat US data TOKYO: The dollar stayed strong and US bond yields held firm on Thursday after data showed solid US economic growth, even as the Federal Reserve repeated its message that it is in no hurry to raise interest rates. The prospect of a solid US recovery underpinned equities, with Japanese shares leading the gains thanks to the yen's fall against the dollar. The Nikkei average rose 0.4 percent while Australian shares inched up to hit six-year ...

Australia & NZ dollars struggle after sliding on strong US data WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australia and New Zealand dollars were languishing near two-month lows on Thursday after strong growth data sent the US dollar soaring, despite a dovish statement by the Federal Reserve. The Australian dollar dropped as far as $0.9301, its lowest since early June after data showed the US economy rebounded sharply in the second quarter. The Aussie last stood at $0.9330 to show a loss of around 1 percent this month, its largest decline ...


 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln