Cairo: Egypt’s pound held steady at a central bank dollar sale on Thursday, when the bank said it sold $37.4 million at a cut-off price of 7.1401 pounds per dollar.

The price was unchanged from the previous day’s sale.

In the unofficial market, the pound was trading at 7.37 to the dollar, stronger than Wednesday’s rate of 7.40, one trader said.

The rate for dollar sales has stayed in a tight range since the beginning of June, after the bank allowed the pound to weaken in May. The central bank offered $40 million on Thursday.

The rates at which banks are allowed to trade dollars are determined by the results of central bank sales, giving the bank effective control over official exchange rates.