Egypt central bank sells $38.3 mn at forex auction
Reuters, Wednesday 15 May 2013
Central Bank of Egypt auctions off $38.5 million on Wednesday as local currency gains value on black market

Egypt's central bank sold $38.3 million to banks in a foreign exchange auction on Wednesday at a cut-off price of LE6.9591 to the dollar. The cut-off price at the previous auction on Thursday was LE6.9545.

The pound strengthened on the black market, with dealers in central Cairo offering to buy dollars for LE7.30 pounds on Wednesday and to sell dollars for LE7.40. Earlier this week, a dealer quoted 7.45/55.

The central bank introduced the auctions at the end of December to help stave off a currency crisis and thwart a run on the pound. Since then, the currency has lost 11 percent of its value on the official market and even more on a newly re-emerged black market.