Besides, persistent demand for the American currency from importers and banks and dollar's strength against other currencies overseas on renewed possibility of the US Fed raising borrowing costs as early as June weighed, forex dealers said.

The rupee had ended 5 paise lower at 67.49 yesterday on continuous demand for the greenback from banks and importers amid a fall in domestic equities.

Meanwhile, the benchmark Sensex fell 37.94 points, or 0.15 percent, to 25,192.42 in morning session.

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