16 Nov '11, 12am

Euro sinks on near-recession level growth

NEW YORK: Poor growth data in Europe and positive retails sales statistics on the US economy gave the dollar a solid boost against the euro Tuesday. At 2200 GMT the euro fell to $1.3536 from $1.3629 Monday. The euro fell to 104.31 Japanese yen from 105.07 yen, while the dollar dipped lower to 77.05 yen from 77.09. Data from Eurostat showed growth for the 17-nation eurozone at a meagre 0.2 percent in the third quarter, sending European stocks tumbling and sovereign bond yields shooting upward. Just as Italy's new leader Mario Monti launched a final round of talks to form a government, the country's 10-year cost of borrowing jumped back above an unsustainable 7.0 percent. Spain paid sharply higher rates of more than 5.0 percent on a new 3.16-billion-euro Spanish Treasury of auction of 12- and 18-month bills. And the rate on the French 10-year bond rose sharply to 3.683 perce...

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