Naira hits 620/$ at parallel market as FX demand surges

Naira exchange rates August 2023

The naira yesterday fell to N620 per dollar at the parallel market amid the lingering scarcity of the greenback.

The figure represents a depreciation of N5 or 0.8 percent from the N615 it traded last week.

Bureaux De Change Operators (BDCs) said there was increased demand for the dollar by importers at the street market.

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The traders put the buying price of the dollar at N614 and the selling price at N620, leaving a profit margin of N6.

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the parallel market is not a true reflection of the country’s exchange rate.

At the official market, checks showed that the naira also depreciated by 0.36 per cent to close at 424.58 to a dollar on Wednesday, according to FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, a platform that oversees foreign-exchange trading in Nigeria.

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As the Russia-Ukraine war escalates, global markets continue to face economic uncertainties.

On Tuesday, the euro fell to parity against the dollar for the first time in almost 20 years.

It means euro is now worth the same as one US dollar.

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The euro is the official currency of 19 of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU).

Street traders across forex markets in Lagos who spoke to TheCable quoted the naira at N622 to a euro.


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