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Egypt Foreign-Currency Bank Deposits Advanced 15% Last Year

February 01, 2012

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt’s foreign-currency bank deposits climbed 15 percent in 2011 as customers sought the safety of dollars after a popular uprising.

Deposits rose to the equivalent of 181 billion Egyptian pounds ($30 billion), according to central bank data. Deposits in Egyptian pounds increased 1 percent to 681.2 billion pounds.

The country’s international reserves tumbled 50 percent last year to $18.1 billion after foreign investors cut their holdings of Egyptian treasury bills and bonds. The pound has lost 3.8 percent since the start of last year.

--Editors: Shaji Mathew, Andrew J. Barden

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