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U.S. dollar slips amid economic data

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) — The U.S. dollar weakened in late trading on Thursday as market participants parsed a slew of economic data.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, decreased 0.1 percent to 112.8700.

In late New York trading, the euro climbed to 0.9785 U.S. dollars from 0.9771 dollars in the previous session, and the British pound rose to 1.1216 U.S. dollars from 1.1214 dollars in the previous session. The Australian dollar was up to 0.6281 U.S. dollars from 0.6270 U.S. dollars.

The U.S. dollar bought 150.15 Japanese yen, higher than 149.89 Japanese yen of the previous session. The U.S. dollar dropped to 1.0039 Swiss francs from 1.0041 Swiss francs, and it declined to 1.3763 Canadian dollars from 1.3764 Canadian dollars.

On the economic front, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday that the…

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