Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dollar Falls to 2 1/2-Year Low Against Yen Before Spending Data

Feb. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The dollar fell to a 2 1/2-year low against the yen on speculation a U.S. government report will show consumer spending stayed at the weakest in six months.

The currency headed for its biggest monthly loss against the euro since September as a cooling economy prompted traders to bet the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at least twice more this year. The dollar is the second-worst performer this month among 16 major currencies against the euro after Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the dollar's depreciation is ``a positive factor'' for reducing the U.S. trade deficit. Worldwide

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