U.S. dollar slips amid economic data

U.S. dollar slips amid economic data

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) — The U.S. dollar weakened in late trading on Thursday after data showed a rise in U.S. jobless claims last week.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, decreased 0.18 percent to 103.2330.

In late New York trading, the euro was up to 1.0736 U.S. dollars from 1.0723 dollars in the previous session, and the British pound increased to 1.2117 U.S. dollars from 1.2069 dollars in the previous session.

The U.S. dollar bought 131.57 Japanese yen, higher than 131.37 Japanese yen of the previous session. The U.S. dollar rose to 0.9224 Swiss francs from 0.9202 Swiss francs, and it climbed to 1.3452 Canadian dollars from 1.3439 Canadian dollars. The U.S. dollar fell to 10.3550 Swedish Kronor from 10.5932 Swedish Kronor.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose by 13,000 to 196,000 for the week ending Feb. 4, the U.S. Labor Department reported on Thursday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 190,000 applications.

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