The dollar crept up to exceed ¥109.80 in Tokyo trading Monday, attracting real demand-backed buying.

At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥109.86-86, up from ¥109.78-78 at the same time Friday. The euro was at $1.0840-0841, almost unchanged from $1.0841-0841, and at ¥119.10-10, up from ¥119.01-02.

The dollar fell close to ¥109.70 in the morning on the heels of a tumble on the Tokyo Stock Exchange that was triggered in part by the release of dismal gross domestic product figures for the October-December quarter.

But the greenback regained the lost ground on purchases by Japanese importers for settlement purposes. In the afternoon, it turned static without major trading cues during the three-day weekend in the United States through Monday, traders said.

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