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FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATES THE TABLE BELOW SHOWS THE AVERAGE RATES OF EXCHANGE IN MARCH 2000 TOGETHER WITH COMPARABLE FIGURES FOR OTHER MONTHS. AVERAGES ARE BASED ON DAILY NOON BUYING RATES FOR CABLE TRANSFERS IN NEW YORK CITY CERTIFIED FOR CUSTOMS PURPOSES BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK. (Currency units per U.S. dollar except as noted) MONETARY UNIT DOLLAR REAL DOLLAR YUAN KRONE EURO DRACHMA DOLLAR RUPEE YEN RINGGIT PESO DOLLAR KRONE DOLLAR RAND WON RUPEE KRONA FRANC DOLLAR BAHT POUND BOLIVAR DOLLAR JAN97=100 MAR73=100 JAN97=100 2000 March 0.6094 1.7424 1.4608 8.2786 7.7228 0.9643 346.33 7.7848 43.64 106.31 3.8000 9.289 0.4902 8.4100 1.7153 6.4675 1116.39 73.810 8.6971 1.6636 30.724 37.923 1.5799 666.82 2000 February 0.6278 1.7765 1.4512 8.2781 7.5725 0.9834 338.87 7.7816 43.65 109.39 3.8000 9.427 0.4903 8.2374 1.7028 6.3209 1129.75 73.552 8.6480 1.6348 30.806 37.759 1.6000 659.44 2000 January 0.6560 1.8057 1.4486 8.2792 7.3492 1.0131 326.86 7.7791 43.59 105.30 3.8000 9.494 0.5127 8.0241 1.6757 6.1309 1130.99 73.140 8.4918 1.5903 30.890 37.380 1.6404 652.81 1999 March 0.6308 1.9057 1.5176 8.2792 6.8287 1.0886 296.36 7.7493 42.52 119.47 3.8000 9.732 0.5345 7.8151 1.7292 6.2136 1229.72 69.570 8.2144 1.4660 33.165 37.557 1.6213 580.06

COUNTRY *AUSTRALIA BRAZIL CANADA CHINA, P.R. DENMARK *EMU MEMBERS GREECE HONG KONG INDIA JAPAN MALAYSIA MEXICO *NEW ZEALAND NORWAY SINGAPORE SOUTH AFRICA SOUTH KOREA SRI LANKA SWEDEN SWITZERLAND TAIWAN THAILAND *UNITED KINGDOM VENEZUELA MEMO: UNITED STATES 1)BROAD 2)MAJOR CURRENCY 3)OITP

117.44 95.64 128.54

117.44 95.31 129.11

115.95 93.14 129.14

118.22 95.11 131.40

This release is available online at http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/G5. For more information on exchange rate indexes for the U.S. dollar, see "New

Summary Measures of the Foreign Exchange Value of the Dollar," Federal Reserve Bulletin, vol. 84 (October 1998), pp. 811-18 (http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/bulletin/) and "Index of the Weighted-Average Exchange Value of the U.S. Dollar: Revision," Federal Reserve Bulletin, vol. 64 (August 1978), p. 700. Weights for broad index can be found at http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/ H10/Weights; weights for the major currencies index and the other important trading partners (OITP) index are derived from the broad index weights. The most recent annual revision to the trade weights has produced revised index values that appear in the dollar indexes starting with the December 1, 1999, release. * U.S. dollars per currency unit. 1) A weighted average of the foreign exchange value of the U.S. dollar against the currencies of a broad group of major U.S. trading partners. 2) A weighted average of the foreign exchange value of the U.S. dollar against a subset of the broad index currencies that circulate widely outside the country of issue. 3) A weighted average of the foreign exchange value of the U.S. dollar against a subset of the broad index currencies that do not circulate widely outside the country of issue. For information about your subscription to this release or about receiving it in document form, please call publication services at Federal Reserve Board at (202) 452-3244. As of January 1, 1999, the euro is reported in place of the individual eure-area currencies. These currency rates can be derived from the euro rate by using the fixed conversion rates (in currencies per euro) given below: 1 EUR = = = = = = = = = = = 13.7603 40.3399 5.94573 6.55957 1.95583 .787564 1936.27 40.3399 2.20371 200.482 166.386 AUSTRIAN SCHILLINGS BELGIAN FRANCS FINNISH MARKKAS FRENCH FRANCS GERMAN MARKS IRISH POUNDS ITALIAN LIRE LUXEMBOURG FRANCS NETHERLANDS GUILDERS PORTUGUESE ESCUDOS SPANISH PESETAS