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Rupee falls to a record low against the dollar

  • 16 August 2013
  • From the section Business
Currency dealer, Mumbai
Overseas investors have been pulling money out of Indian shares and debt on concerns over the economy.

The Indian rupee has hit a record low against the dollar despite recent efforts to prop-up the currency.

On Wednesday India's central bank put further restrictions on the amount of money that companies and individuals can send out of the country.

That had little impact and the rupee fell to 62.03 to the dollar, below its previous low of 61.80 hit on 6 August.

Overseas investors have been pulling money out of Indian shares and debt on concerns over the economy.

According to official data, international investors have withdrawn $11.58bn in shares and debt from India's markets since the beginning of June.

Inflation fears

India's economy had been growing at a fast clip, reaching annual growth of 9%.

In recent months, it has seen a sharp decline largely because of a slowdown in its manufacturing and services sectors.

"There is a complete lack of faith in the markets. There are fears that the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) measures may not help improve the rupee," said Param Sarma, chief executive with NSP Forex.

Indian authorities are concerned that the weak rupee is stoking inflation.

The nation relies on imports of crude oil, chemicals and some foodstuffs, which are priced in dollars.

The weak rupee makes those more expensive, a cost that is eventually handed on to the consumer.

In July, India's main gauge of inflation, the Wholesale Price Index, was 5.79% higher than a year earlier, up from 4.86% in June.

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