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Rupee gains 7 paise against dollar on macro data


Mumbai : Rupee firmed up 7 paise to 67.11 against the dollar at the forex market on increased selling of the US currency by banks and exporters amid positive economic data.

Industrial production grew 1.2 per cent in May from a year ago. The provisional 0.8 per cent contraction in April has been revised downwards to -1.34 per cent.

Retail inflation ticked up 5.77 per cent in June as against 5.76 per cent in May.

Apart from the selling of the American unit, a higher opening in the domestic equities, continued foreign capital inflows and weakness in the dollar against other currencies overseas supported the rupee, dealers said.

Yesterday, the rupee ended 5 paise down at 67.18 on fresh dollar demand from banks and importers in spite of the sustained rally in the stocks.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex rose 120.62 points, or 0.43 per cent, to 27,928.76 in early trade today.

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