Forex dealers said besides the dollar's gains against other currencies overseas on the back of upbeat US data, increased demand for the American unit from importers and a weak opening in the domestic equity market, put pressure on the rupee.

The domestic currency had lost 22 paise to end at 61.75 against the US dollar in yesterday's trade as month-end demand for the American currency from oil importers weighed on the
local unit.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell 16.29 points, or 0.06 percent, to 26,614.22 in morning trade on Wednesday.

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