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Nigerian naira gains on oil firms' dollar sales LAGOS: Nigeria's naira firmed against the dollar on the interbank market on Monday, supported by dollar sales by two energy companies and a naira cash shortage in the banking system, traders said, adding that they expected further gains this week.The local currency closed at 178.70 to the dollar, 0.66 percent firmer than 179.90 it closed at Friday.A unit of French oil company Total sold $74 million to some lenders, while Nigerian Liquefied natural Gas (NLNG) company sold an undisclosed amount, boosting dollar liquidity."The market was a bit calmer today because of dollar sales by the two energy companies and the impact of tight naira cash in the system," one trader said."Given the way the central bank has been active in the interbank market in the past few weeks ... sentiment is in favour of further gains in the naira," another trade said.The naira has been under pressure on concerns over ...

Kenyan shilling seen firmer on remittances, shares fall NAIROBI: Kenya's shilling eased on Monday but was seen firming on dollar inflows before the holiday season sent by Kenyans abroad, while Safaricom dragged stocks lower.At close of trade at 1300 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling slightly weaker at 90.60/70 to the dollar compared with Thursday's close of 90.55/65. Kenyan markets were closed on Friday for a national holiday.Dollar demand from importers led to the shilling's fall, Julius Kiriinya, a trader at African Banking ...
Egyptian pound steady on official and unofficial markets CAIRO: The Egyptian pound held steady at a central bank dollar sale on Monday and was unchanged on the unofficial market after the government established a fourth weekly dollar auction.The bank offered $40 million and said it had sold $38 million at a cut-off price of 7.1401 pounds a dollar, a rate unchanged from its last sale on Sunday.The rates at which banks are allowed to trade dollars are determined by the results of central ...
Kenyan shilling holds steady, traders see holiday boost NAIROBI: Kenya's shilling held steady early on Monday but traders said they expected it would strengthen in coming weeks as Kenyans abroad sent dollars back to their families during the holiday season.The shilling was 90.50/70 to the dollar at 0700 GMT, marginally stronger than the 90.55/65 at the close of trade on Thursday, when the central bank sold dollars to help pull the local currency off a 3-year low earlier in the session.Kenyan markets were ...
South Africa's rand firms after Fitch maintains rating JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand firmed against the US dollar on Monday, recouping some recent losses after ratings agency Fitch surprised markets by not downgrading its credit view on Africa's most developed economy. Fitch said growing current account and budget deficits were restricting growth in South Africa's economy but maintained its BBB rating, while Standard & Poor's kept its rating at BBB-, one notch above junk status. Analysts said this would provide only brief respite as ...
Egyptian pound steady at official auction, stronger on black market CAIRO: The Egyptian pound held steady at a central bank dollar sale on Sunday, but strengthened on the unofficial market after the government established a fourth weekly dollar auction.The bank offered $40 million and said it had sold $38.2 million at a cut-off price of 7.1401 pounds a dollar, a rate unchanged from its last sale on Thursday.The rates at which banks are allowed to trade dollars are determined by the results of central bank ...
South Africa's rand pauses ahead of rating decisions JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand was largely unchanged against the US dollar on Friday, after falling 1 percent in the previous session as chronic power shortages underlined the fragile state of the economy ahead of credit rating decisions.By 0709 GMT, the rand traded 0.06 percent firmer at 11.6235 per dollar, after closing overnight in New York at 11.6335/$. The local unit fell to a fresh six-year low on Thursday, with some analysts betting the currency will ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
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