Sterling falls to 2011 low vs currency basket
LONDON, March 28
LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) - Sterling fell to its lowest in 2011 against a basket of currencies on Monday as the pound came under broad selling pressure, falling to a two-month low against the dollar and a five month low versus the euro.
Sterling's trade-weighted index =GBP fell as low as 79.1, its weakest since late December.
The UK currency fell as low as $1.5944 GBP=D4 against the dollar, its weakest since late January, while the euro EURGBP=D4 rose to 88.19 pence, its strongest since late October 2010.
The pound has been under pressure as concerns about a fragile UK economy have dented expectations for UK interest rate hikes. Traders said its falls on Monday were exacerbated by selling in the pound against the Australian dollar GBPAUD=R related to insurance payments for Queensland flood damage.
(Reporting by London Forex team)
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