The dollar barely budged for a second straight session on Friday after data showed U.S. consumers are in a surprisingly cheerful mood this month.
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final April reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 84.1, beating an expectation of 83.0 in a Reuters survey and up from 80.0 the month before.
The preliminary April reading was 82.6. The headline number was the highest reading since last July.
The buck was steady at $1.38 versus the euro, little changed on the week.
There was modest weakness against the yen, leaving the buck at Y102 as traders looked to both currencies as a safe haven amid falling global equities.
The dollar was stuck at $1.6815 versus the sterling, down marginally from the previous session.
U.K. retail sales unexpectedly rose for a second straight month in March, suggesting that consumer spending is set to lead the economic recovery that is gaining momentum.
Retail sales including automotive fuel rose 0.1 percent month-on-month, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed Friday.