(Adds Monday's black market price)
CAIRO, March 31 Egypt's pound strengthened
marginally against the dollar at a central bank dollar sale on
Monday after weakening at the previous two sessions, and also
firmed slightly on the black market.
The central bank sold $38.3 million to banks with a cut-off
price of 6.9575 pounds, compared with Thursday's 6.9576 pounds.
Dollar shortages have been fuelling a thriving black market.
A trader on the parallel market said the dollar traded at 7.39
pounds on Monday, up slightly from Sunday's rate of 7.40. The
dollar traded at 7.42 pounds on the black market on Thursday.
The pound has been under pressure during three years of
political turmoil. Egypt's foreign currency reserves stood at
about $17.3 billion pounds in February, down from $36 billion
before the uprising that led to the toppling of President Hosni
Mubarak's in 2011.
The central bank introduced dollar currency sales more than
a year ago. In January, it held a $1.5 billion exceptional
auction, its largest, to restock the market with dollars and
curb unofficial currency trading.
(Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Mark Heinrich and