The Indian rupee on Friday tumbled by 57 paise against the US dollar to register its more-than one-month closing low of 55.07, following sustained dollar demand from importers and some banks amid firm dollar overseas.

Some hesistancy in domestic equities also aided the weak trend but increased capital inflows failed to restrict the rupee fall, a forex dealer said.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the local currency commenced lower at 54.82 a dollar from previous close of 54.50 and immediately touched a high of 54.76.

Later, it continued its downslide to log a low of 55.17 before concluding at 55.07, level not seen since November 27, 2012 when it had settled at 55.45, exhibiting a fall of 0.57 paise or 1.05 per cent. Friday's fall was the biggest in last two month when it had plunged by 80 paise or 1.49 per cent on November 5, 2012.

Continued dollar demand from importers and some banks on hopes of further rise in dollar value overseas. The dollar index rose by 0.36 per cent ahead of December nonfarm payrolls data due later in the day, and after minutes of the Federal Reserves last meeting showed its members were considering an end to asset purchases this year.

The benchmark Sensex, in a lacklustre trade, ended up by a mere 19.30 points or 0.10 per cent while FIIs infused $264.54 million in equities yesterday as per Sebi data.

Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO, Alpari Financial Services (India) said: "The INR extended its weakening spree for the second straight session on sharp rise in dollar index and weaker tone of global equity markets. The major global currencies were sharply lower after the FOMC members raised concerns over the timing of its monthly easing program."

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