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US dollar hits lowest point in nearly 10 months

The US dollar has fallen to its lowest point in nearly 10 months on the heels of soft data on inflation and retail sales that have dimmed expectations for a third interest-rate increase in 2017.

The dollar index — which measures the greenback against a basket of peer currencies — has declined 0.6 per cent on Friday, taking it to 95.15 — its lowest point since late September, according to Bloomberg data. The index is also on track for its steepest one-day slide since June 27.

The weak reports have thrown into question whether policymakers at the Federal Reserve have been right to see other soft economic data since the start of the year as “transitory”, justifying their decision to forge ahead, for now, on a planned course of interest-rate increases in 2017.

Indeed, the market-implied odds of a third rate increase in 2017 fell below 50 per cent earlier on Friday, and the dimming prospects weighed on the greenback.