The U.S. dollar was pinned at three-week lows against a basket of major currencies early on Friday after disappointingly soft U.S. data dealt a blow to the already struggling greenback.
U.S. retail sales fell unexpectedly in January and more Americans filed for jobless benefits last week, the latest signs the world’s biggest economy started the year on a softer footing as bad weather took its toll.
The dollar index slid to a low of 80.194, reaching a level last seen on Jan. 24. It has since crept up to 80.296. Against the yen, the greenback dipped to 102.18 from Thursday’s high of 102.58, while the euro climbed to a near three-week peak of $1.3692.
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