Analysts are not attaching importance to today’s fall in the dollar, because other countries are also seeing early signs of an economic recession.
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The US dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Friday after data showed US business activity contracted for the first time in nearly two years in July as a sharp slowdown in the services sector outweighed continued modest growth in manufacturing.
S&P Global said on Friday that its provisional – or „sudden” – US Composite Manufacturing PMI fell much more than expected to 47.5 this month from a final reading of 52.3 in June.
With a reading below 50 indicating contraction in business activity, this event is likely to spark a heated debate about whether the US economy is back in or close to recession after a sharp recovery following the early 2020 downturn in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Against a basket of currencies, the dollar fell 0.34% to 106.25.
The data reflects a decline in sentiment similar to that seen elsewhere in the world, said Bipan Rai, head of North American FX strategy at CIBC Capital Markets in Toronto.