The euro slipped to a 11-day low against the dollar on Monday after German inflation data came in slightly weaker than expected, which took some pressure off the European Central Bank to wind down its stimulus programme.
Having earlier traded lower on concerns over a travel ban implemented by U.S. President Donald Trump, the euro’s fall helped the dollar index – which measures the greenback against a basket of other major currencies – climb half a percent to above 101 for the first time in 10 days.
The latest figures showed German consumer price inflation hit 1.9 percent in January. While that was the highest in three-and-a-half years, it was slightly below forecasts for a 2 percent annual rise.
A sustained recovery in German inflation would give Bundesbank President and ECB rate-setter Jens Weidmann more scope to argue for winding down the ECB’s bond-buying programme more quickly.
Against the yen, though, the dollar remained weak, trading down 0.4 percent at 114.27 yen by 1300 GMT, as investors sought the traditional security of the Japanese currency after U.S. immigration curbs put the spotlight back on Trump’s protectionist bent and the risks it poses for the economy.