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PRAGUE May 9 The Czech central bank bought
19.26 billion euros from the market in March, a record monthly
size of purchases of foreign currency as the bank's policy of
keeping the crown weak drew to an end, data showed on Tuesday.
Investors piled into the crown, believing it would jump once
the bank dropped the weak-crown regime as a step toward
tightening of monetary conditions. It ended the interventions on
In total, the central bank bought 75.23 billion euros from
the market since the policy was introduced in November 2013,
boosting its foreign currency reserves to 124.46 billion euros
in April, about 70 percent of gross domestic product.
The large long positions in the crown have prevented any
sharp firming so far, with the crown trading at 26.695 to the
euro at 0845 GMT on Tuesday, just 1.1 percent firmer from the
former intervention level.
(Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Keith Weir)