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Business News of Thursday, 10 April 2008

Source: GNA

Ghana Cedi loses marginally

Accra, April 10, GNA - The Ghana Cedi on Thursday marginally depreciated against the major international currencies after becoming strong the previous days. The lost in value, therefore, pushed the Gold Coast Securities (GCS)-Cedi Index up by 0.16 points. The cedi gains value when the index goes down and loses value when it goes up. The Index, the composite measure of the value of the Ghana cedi against the Dollar, Pound, CFA and the Euro, inched up at 105.97 points on Thursday from 105.81 points on Wednesday. On a whole, the cedi depreciated against the pound and the Euro by 0.69GH pesewas (Gp) and 1.05 Ghana Cedis respectively. It however appreciated by 0.028 GH pesewas (Gp) against the CFA and continued its stability with the dollar.

Change for the year to date stands at 2.03 per cent while change base year (July 03 2007) to date is 5.97 per cent. The Index is calculated as a geometric weighted average of changes in the four currency rates against the cedi at the Inter-bank market, relative to a base of 100 set on 03 July 2007, when the Bank of Ghana redenominated the national currency at a base value of 100. It is inversely proportional. A quote of 105.50 means the cedi value has depreciated 5.50 per cent since the base period, while a quote of 85.3 means the cedi has gained 14.77 per cent since its base year. The following are the exchange rates for the four currencies on Thursday, April 10, 2008.