The Japanese yen firmed against majors after downbeat manufacturing and services today from China and euro enhanced haven demand on the yen. China's manufacturing sector showed a widening contraction in February to record 48.3 from 49.5. In the euro area, a composite of manufacturing and services came in at 52.7 in February from 52.9, below analysts' forecast of 53.1. The USDJPY fell to trade around 102.19 after touching a high of 102.40 and a low of 101.65. The dollar little changed after the data, which showed initial jobless claims dropped to 336,000 in the week through February 15 from a prior of 339,000, compared to forecast of 335,000. Yet, it inched down after another report showing a drop in Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index to -6.3 in February from a prior of 9.4. The dollar index, which tracks the dollar's movements versus a basket of major currencies, hovered around 80.26 after hitting a high of 80.38. "The absence of an appreciable change in the economic outlook, there should be a clear presumption in favor" of continuing to cut asset purchases by $10 billion at each upcoming meeting, Fed minutes showed on Wednesday. The EURUSD retreated for second session to trade around 1.3719 after touching a bottom of 1.3686. The British pound traded lower versus the U.S. dollar for a fourth straight session before tomorrow's retail sales, which may show a drop in January. The GBPUSD is meanwhile trading around 1.6672 compared with the session's opening of 1.6677.