Euro Declines as Trichet Says U.S. Slowdown May Hurt Europe

The euro fell for a third day against the yen and dollar as European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the slowdown in the U.S. may curtail economic growth in Europe, signaling lower interest rates this year.

The euro extended its drop against the yen this year to 5.3 percent and erased gains against the dollar after the ECB left interest rates unchanged today. Investors have raised bets the ECB will cut interest rates by mid-year even as policy makers say inflation is accelerating. The pound fell after the Bank of England lowered rates today.

The currency dropped to 154.49 yen as of 2:14 p.m. in London, from 155.88 yesterday in New York. It declined against the dollar to $1.4523 from $1.4632, losing 2.1 percent in the past three days.

Against the pound, it rose to 74.66 pence from 74.59 pence, after policy makers at Britain's central bank cut the benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point to 5.25 percent, citing slowing global growth and tighter credit. All but two of 61 economists surveyed by Bloomberg predicted the decision.

Euro Declines as Trichet Says U.S. Slowdown May Hurt Europe, Bloomberg
2/7/2008 6:46:28 AM