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NEW YORK: The US dollar fell on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's economic projections, and as optimism that the global economy is recovering reduced demand for the currency.

The Fed's projections will be watched for any new indications on when the US central bank may lift rates from zero bound. Any details on its new inflation targeting policy and a possible shift towards buying more longer-dated Treasuries as part of its quantitative easing program are also in focus.

The Fed, however, may be running out of new ways to ease monetary conditions after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell last month announced a new inflation policy, which would allow price pressures to run higher than previously before raising rates.

The dollar index against a basket of currencies fell 0.21% to 92.92.

Stronger Chinese data for August and optimism about a vaccine for the coronavirus helped boost risk sentiment this week, and reduced demand for the greenback.

The offshore yuan gained to 6.7536, the strongest since May 2019.

US data on Wednesday showed consumer spending slowed in August, with a key retail sales gauge unexpectedly declining.

The Japanese yen strengthened as far as 104.70 against the greenback, the strongest since July 31.

The euro rose 0.05% to $1.1851.

Sterling reversed earlier losses and rose 0.62% to $1.2966 in what would be its biggest daily rise in 2-1/2 weeks before a meeting of the Bank of England on Thursday, when policymakers may strike a downbeat assessment for the struggling economy.