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Forex - Kiwi gains on better than expected Q2 retail trade

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Shutterstock photo - - The New Zealand dollar gained in early Asia on Thursday after stronger thatn expected retail sales data and ahead of data and survey releases in Japan on core machinery and inflation expectation in Australia.

NZD/USD traded at 0.8476, up 0.23%, while USD/JPY traded at 102.41, down 0.01% and AUD/USD at 0.9307, up 0.02%.

New Zealand's second quarter retail trade rose 1.2%, above expectations for a 1.0% gain.

In Japan, June machinery orders and the MOF's weekly transactions in securities are due at 0850 Tokyo time (2350 GMT). The median forecast for private-sector core orders (excluding electric utilities and ships) is a gain of 15.3% on month, which would be the first rise in three months.

In Australia, we get the August MI inflation expectations release due at 1100 in Sydney (0100 GMT). The July data showed weighted mean year-on-year inflation was 2.7%, but the latest data could show some easing as households take in account the effect of repeal of carbon prices.

Overnight, the dollar took back earlier losses sustained against most major currencies after investors felt the U.S. currency fell too far on soft U.S. retail sales data.

Core retail sales, which exclude auto sales, rose just 0.1% in July, below expectations for a 0.4% gain.

The numbers softened the dollar by reminding investors that the Federal Reserve won't rush to raise interest rates after it closes its monthly bond-buying program, which is seen taking place in October.

Bottom fishers chipped away at earlier losses, as investors felt the currency was oversold especially in light of weak U.K. and European data.

Eurostat, the European Union's statistical office, reported earlier that industrial output in the euro area contracted 0.3% in June. It was the second consecutive monthly decline and confounded expectations for a 0.3% expansion.

The report came one day after data showed that German economic sentiment deteriorated sharply this month, falling to a 20 month low, largely due to geopolitical tensions.

The US Dollar Index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was down 0.01% at 81.66.

On Thursday, the U.S. is to release its weekly report on initial jobless claims. offers an extensive set of professional tools for the financial markets.

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