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Rupee slips 9 paise, ends at 62.60 vs US dollar

While fresh capital outflows also weighed on the rupee, the local currency's decline was restricted by some weakness in the dollar overseas on concerns of a US budgetary impasse.

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Updated:September 30, 2013, 9:34 AM IST
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Rupee slips 9 paise, ends at 62.60 vs US dollar
While fresh capital outflows also weighed on the rupee, the local currency's decline was restricted by some weakness in the dollar overseas on concerns of a US budgetary impasse.

Mumbai: The rupee fell further by nine paise today to an almost one-week low of 62.60 against the dollar amid demand for the US currency from importers and weak equities ahead of data on key economic indicators, including the current account deficit.

While fresh capital outflows also weighed on the rupee, the local currency's decline was restricted by some weakness in the dollar overseas on concerns of a US budgetary impasse.

The rupee opened lower at 63 a dollar from Friday's close of 62.51 at the interbank foreign exchange market. It declined to a low of 63.03 on month-end dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners, and sluggish domestic stocks.

However, fresh dollar selling by exporters and a drop in the dollar overseas helped to lift the rupee to a high of 62.50 before it settled at 62.60, a loss of nine paise or 0.14 per cent. Last Friday, it had plunged by 44 paise.

This was the lowest level since September 24 (62.75). However, the rupee gained 310 paise or 4.7 per cent in September, the first monthly gain since April.

The dollar index, which tracks the USD against a basket of six major currencies, was down by 0.02 per cent. Government data released after the markets closed showed the CAD widened to 4.9 per cent of GDP in April-June quarter.

Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO of Alpari Financial Services (India) said: "The dollar came under pressure today...as a potential US government shutdown possibility was seen, while the euro was separately pressured by the threat of fresh Italian elections."

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