Euro rises to 8-1/2 month high versus weaker dollar


LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The euro rose to an 8-1/2 monthhigh against a broadly weaker dollar on Friday due to concernsabout the economic impact of the U.S. government shutdown.

The euro also benefited from improved investor appetite totake on risk after data showed an acceleration in China'seconomic growth.

The euro rose to $1.3690, its strongest since Feb. 1.

The dollar also fell to an 8-1/2 month low against a basketof currencies at 79.604.

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