China’s central bank has devalued the national currency, the yuan, to its lowest rate against the US dollar in almost three years.
The lender said the move was a “one-off depreciation” of 1.9% in a move to make the exchange rate more market-oriented.
It comes in the wake of a string of weak economic data from the world’s second largest economy.
At the weekend, China reported a sharp fall in exports and a slide in producer prices to a near six-year low in July.
Exports fell by 8.3% in July, far worse than expected and the producer price index was down 5.4% from a year earlier.
The midpoint for the yuan is now set at 6.2298 to $1, up from 6.1162 yuan on Monday.
The People’s Bank of China (POBC) manages the rate through the official midpoint, from which trade can rise or fall 2% on any given day.
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