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Brazil central bank buys $3 bln of dollar-denominated sovereign debt this week -statement

BRASILIA, March 20 (Reuters) - Brazil's central bank bought almost $3 billion of dollar-denominated Brazilian sovereign bonds from domestic banks this week, it said in a statement on Friday, part of its repurchase program to minimize volatility and provide liquidity to the market.

The total purchased was $2.95 billion, from a total outstanding available amount of $31 billion. (Reporting by Jamie McGeever Editing by Chris Reese)