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Rupee hits record low of 70.82, falls 23 paise against US dollar

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Rupee hits record low of 70.82, falls 23 paise against US dollar
The rupee on Thursday extended losses for the fourth consecutive session and plunged to an all-time intra day low against the US dollar on strong month-end dollar demand from oil importers and foreign fund outflows. The currency fell 23 paise to hit a new record low of 70.82 per dollar. The slide was triggered by factors such as crude prices hitting multi-month highs fuelled by supply shocks along with concerns over widening current account deficit (CAD.

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