Global Edition. July 31, 2014  Updated: 56 min ago
    Finance

      ECB Exchange Rates (July 31, 2014)
    1 EUR=1.3379USD -0.00220graph »
    1 EUR=0.79280GBP +0.00110graph »
    1 EUR=1.2169CHF +0.00040graph »
    1 EUR=8.2621CNY -0.00890graph »
    1 EUR=81.0170INR +0.49140graph »
    1 EUR=137.66JPY +0.61000graph »

      Key ECB Interest Rates, effective from June 11, 2014
      Deposit facility -0.1000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Marginal lending facility 0.4000 % p.a.  -0.3500  
      Main refinancing operations (fixed) 0.1500 % p.a.  -0.1000  

      NY Foreign Exchange Noon Rates of July 25, 2014
    1 EUR=1.3431USD -0.00370graph »
    1 GBP=1.6972USD -0.00090graph »
    1 USD=0.9045CHF +0.00210graph »
    1 USD=6.1913CNY -0.00310graph »
    1 USD=60.0400INR -0.07000graph »
    1 USD=101.8100JPY -0.01000graph »
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