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The euro rose on Thursday from an eight-month low versus the US dollar on better-than-expected German and French business data, while the New Zealand dollar sank after that nation's central bank hinted it may pause in raising rates further. The greenback traded narrowly mixed against most major currencies as it reached a one-week high against the yen following data that showed weekly US filings for first-time jobless benefits fell to its lowest since early 2006.

The US dollar rose to eight-month highs against the euro on Wednesday as worries over tougher sanctions on Russia and their potential impact on fragile euro zone growth weighed on the single currency. The dollar could only post modest gains, however, as attempts to push the euro below a key technical level at $1.3450 failed.
The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while its Australian peer rose after a survey showed China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months. The kiwi dollar dropped nearly a full US cent, touching levels not seen since June 12.
Sterling suffered its biggest daily loss in two months on Thursday, slipping back below $1.70 for the first time since June after weaker-than-expected retail sales numbers cast more doubt on the case for a swift rise in interest rates. Retail sales rose just 0.1 percent in June from May, less than the 0.3 percent expected by economists. Though overall retail volumes in the second quarter were the strongest for 10 years, currency traders interpreted the numbers as soft, pushing the pound lower.
The euro climbed from an eight-month low on Thursday after German and French business surveys beat expectations, although the risks to the euro zone economy from any tougher sanctions on Russia curbed gains. The French composite purchasing managers index of both the manufacturing and services sector rose to 49.4 from 48.1 in June, bringing activity closer to the 50-point line dividing growth from contraction.
The Indian rupee ended weaker on Thursday, retreating from a more than one-week high hit earlier in the session on the back of month-end dollar demand from importers and possible intervention by the central bank. The rupee had initially gained on sustained foreign fund inflows into the stock and debt markets and after India on Wednesday allowed foreign institutional investors to hold more government debt while reducing the portion available to long-term investors.
Interbank buy/sell rates for the taka against the dollar on Thursday. 77.52-77.54(previous 77.54-77.55. Call Money Rates: 06.00-08.00 percent (* previous 05.25-08.00 percent). (* revised).
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