June 12, 2014 / 2:30 PM / in 4 years

CORRECTED-FOREX-Dollar slips after weak U.S. retail sales and jobs data

(Corrects morning price of New Zealand dollar to $0.8689 in 11th paragraph)

* Dollar falls broadly after weak U.S. data

* Kiwi jumps after RBNZ raises interest rates, keeps hawkish bias

* Yen gains ahead of Bank of Japan meeting

By Sam Forgione

NEW YORK, June 12 (Reuters) - The dollar slipped for a second straight session against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after U.S. retail sales and weekly jobless claims data showed weakness in the economy and curbed speculation of a hawkish stance from the Federal Reserve.

The Commerce Department said retail sales gained 0.3 percent last month, missing expectations for a 0.6 percent rise. April’s retail sales, however, were revised to show a 0.5 percent increase. The dollar’s losses were modest given the reassuring revision.

“People have been more optimistic on the U.S. second quarter growth in the last week or so, but today we’re getting a bit of a dose that it’s not as spectacular as people were anticipating,” said David Gilmore, partner at Foreign Exchange Analytics in Essex, Connecticut.

He said that, while the April revision mitigated the dollar’s losses, the latest retail sales data showed that a lack of consumer spending gave the Fed a reason to take a more dovish stance on monetary policy. The U.S. central bank’s upcoming monetary policy meeting is next week.

In a separate report, the Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 317,000 for the week ended June 7. That marked a bigger increase than the expected rise of 310,000, according to a Reuters poll.

The dollar fell against the euro for the first time in five trading sessions after the release of the data, although the euro remained near a four-month low of $1.3503 hit last week after the European Central Bank cut rates to record lows.

The dollar also fell against the yen, which has advanced in recent sessions after strong economic data reduced expectations for further Bank of Japan monetary easing. The Bank of Japan’s latest two-day policy meeting starts Thursday.

“I don’t think there is market consensus yet of any (Bank of Japan) easing at this time, but it’s very much data dependent,” said Michael Woolfolk, global market strategist at BNY Mellon in New York.

The New Zealand dollar also rallied after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand hiked base rates by 25 basis points to 3.25 percent, drawing demand for the higher-yielding currency.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the dollar against a basket of six major currencies, was last down 0.1 percent at 80.707. The euro was last up 0.08 percent against the dollar at $1.3541.

The dollar was last down 0.1 percent against the Japanese yen at 101.965 yen, and was last down 0.09 percent against the Swiss franc to trade at 0.89905 franc. The New Zealand dollar last traded at a near one-month high of $0.8689.

Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury notes were last up 2/32 in price to yield 2.633 percent. (Reporting by Sam Forgione; Additional reporting by Patrick Graham in London; Editing by W Simon)

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