Mumbai: The rupee on Thursday declined by 24 paise to trade at over 11-month low of 56.97 in morning trade on the Interbank Foreign Exchange market due to heavy dollar demand from importers.
    
Besides, increased demand for the American currency from importers and a weak opening in the domestic equity market also put pressure on the rupee, traders said. However, dollar's weakness against euro and yen overseas after weaker-than-expected data ahead of Friday's jobs report, cushioned rupee's fall to some extent, they said.

This level is very close to rupee's all time low of 57.32 it had hit last June-end. The rupee had lost 29 paise, its biggest single day fall in a week, to end at 56.73 against the dollar on Wednesday as importers bought dollars amid renewed concerns over withdrawal of US monetary stimulus.
    
Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex fell by 136.61 points, or 0.70 percent, at 19,431.61.

(Agencies)

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