Commodity-related currencies in general were helped by softer-than-expected economic data from the United States. The number of jobs created in August was fewer than forecast and a survey of services sector businesses found their activity slowing over the same month. America's dollar was the weakest among the major currencies, losing four fifths of a cent on the week. Britain's pound was the second-weakest, losing one and a half Australian cents, principally because the Bank of England governor warned that UK interest rates could move closer to zero this year.
Eight days of gains for the Aussie came to a messy end on Friday, apparently as a result of an interview that Glenn Stevens, the outgoing Reserve Bank of Australia governor, gave to the Australian Financial Review. His comment that the Australian dollar "could give us trouble" was interpreted as a hint that it was too strong.