The dollar fell against the euro and sterling, slipping to 1.4647 and 1.9736, respectively. The greenback was unable to sustain earlier gains following better than expected US economic reports as hints of further interest rates cuts from the FOMC weighed on the currency.

The data included weekly jobless claims, which eased to 348k down from 356k a week earlier. Meanwhile, the December trade deficit shrunk by more than estimates, falling to $58.76 billion, compared with calls for a decline to $61.5 billion from $63.12 billion in November. Also, the deficit with China fell to $18.79 billion versus $23.95 billion from November.