The euro stayed on the back foot early on Friday, having come under renewed pressure overnight after an eye-catching plunge in German exports raised fears of a recession in Europe’s largest economy.
The common currency, which had reached a 2-1/2 week high of $1.2791, beat a hasty retreat and was last trading at $1.2691. It also lost ground to the yen, slipping to 136.85 from this week’s high of 137.95.
The euro’s reversal helped the dollar index rebound to 85.529, from a 2-1/2 week trough of 84.937. But the dollar stayed on the defensive against the yen, slipping to a three-week low of 107.53.
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