NEW YORK (AP) — Weak U.S. housing data and violent protests in Greece and Spain are pushing the dollar higher against other currencies.
The Commerce Department says sales of new homes fell in August to an annual rate of 373,000 from 374,000 in July.
Thousands of people in Athens are protesting austerity measures, a day after a similar protest in Madrid.
The dollar is considered a haven currency and tends to strengthen during global turmoil.
The euro fell to $1.2862 in afternoon trading from $1.2926 late Tuesday. The British pound fell to $1.6160 from $1.6211.
The dollar rose to 0.9402 Swiss franc from 0.9362 Swiss franc.
The dollar is unchanged at 77.77 Japanese yen.