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New York, March 19 (IANS) The US dollar increased against other major currencies after declining for two consecutive sessions on the Federal Reserve statement.

In late New York trading on Friday, the euro fell to $1.1270 from $1.1318 of the previous session, and the British pound dropped to $1.4480 from $1.4486.

The Australian dollar went down to $0.7602 from $0.7651.

The dollar bought 111.57 Japanese yen, higher than 111.43 yen of the previous session.

The dollar increased to 0.9692 Swiss francs from 0.9672 Swiss francs, and it inched up to 1.3020 Canadian dollars from 1.2996 Canadian dollars.

In a statement released after the Fed's two-day monetary policy meeting on Wednesday, Fed officials decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0.25 to 0.5 percent, noting that "global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks" to the US economy.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, was down 0.83 percent and 1.17 percent in late trading on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

The greenback recovered on Friday with the dollar index gaining 0.32 percent at 95.065 in late trading. (IANS)

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