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Pound Falls Versus Dollar, Euro, After BOE Minutes, Jobless Data

The pound weakened against the dollar and euro after minutes of the Bank of England’s June meeting showed Governor Mervyn King and three other policy makers were overruled in a push to expand the bank’s bond- purchase program.

Sterling dropped 0.2 percent to $1.5694 at 9:36 a.m. London time. It also declined 0.2 percent to 80.84 pence per euro.

A seperate report showed U.K. jobless-benefit claims unexpectedly rose in May. Jobless-benefit claims climbed 8,100 from April while the median forecast of 20 economists in a Bloomberg News survey was for a drop of 4,000.

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