The euro held its recent gains against the dollar Friday morning in New York, even after official data showed the U.S. grew at a slower rate than analysts were expecting in the fourth quarter.
Reuters and the University of Michigan released a report on Friday showing a bigger than expected upward revision to their reading on U.S. consumer sentiment in January.
Earlier, government data showed consumer spending in the world’s largest economy rose the most in four years, but the increase in gross domestic product failed to generate enough jobs to improve the jobs situation.
The economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the final three months of 2010, the Commerce Department said, after expanding at a 2.6 percent pace in the third quarter. Economists expected the economy to grow between 3.5 and 3.7 percent.
The euro dropped a penny to $1.3630, having touched a 2-month high of $1.3757 in the previous session.
Still, the euro is up sharply over the past three weeks as European officials signaled a renewed focus on fighting inflation.
The euro pulled back a bit against the yen, slipping to Y112.80 from a 2-month high near Y114. Versus the Swiss franc, the single currency dropped to CHF 1.29.
Traders kept a close eye on headlines out of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where European political leaders have assured that a recent sovereign debt crisis will not mean the death of the euro.
“To those who would bet against the euro, watch out for your money because we are fully determined to defend the euro,” Sarkozy told other leaders gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum. “Mrs Merkel and I will never — do you hear me, never — let the euro fall.”