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U.S. crude futures end lower on disappointing data

NEW YORK, Aug 5 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil futures prices slipped a second day on Thursday, pressured by a jump in U.S. jobless claims and disappointing retail sales data that also weighed on equities markets.

The weak data added to concerns about demand that had previously been punctuated by the government’s weekly oil inventory data that showed rising fuel stockpiles.

The dollar was broadly weaker on Thursday afternoon after seesawing. The greenback’s weakness, along with technical support in the area above $81 a barrel, helped limit crude futures’ losses.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, September crude CLU0 fell 46 cents, or 0.56 percent, to settle at $82.01 a barrel, trading from $81.56 to $82.48. (Reporting by Robert Gibbons)

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