Gold eased on the last trading day of the week (Friday) as investors cashed in some of the previous day's 2 per cent gains.
However, expectations that rock-bottom interest rates would persist served to keep prices above $1,225 an ounce.
Spot gold closed the week at 1,225.73 an ounce, marking its first weekly decline in five weeks.
Gold rates for Saturday, Feb 20, 2016
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Prices remain up nearly 16 per cent so far this year, with turmoil in the wider financial markets fuelling interest in the metal as a store of value while reducing the likelihood of further interest rate rises by the US Federal Reserve.
That is continuing to underpin gold as it consolidates below last week's one-year high of $1,260.60.
Rising rents and healthcare costs lifted underlying U.S. inflation in January by the most in nearly 4-1/2 years, signs of a pick-up in price pressures that could allow the Federal Reserve to gradually raise interest rates this year.
Global equity markets retreated but were off earlier lows as oil prices weakened, while short-dated US bond prices rose after economic data raised the possibility of a US rate hike this year.
Bullion has been supported by inflows into gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs), holdings of which have already risen this year by more than they fell in the whole of 2015. In the physical markets, Asian gold demand slowed this week with discounts in key consumer India at a record high.
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The dollar has recovered from multi-month lows hit last week against the euro and the yen.
Despite the recent losses, gold has risen 13.1 per cent in 2016, making it the best performing asset this year.
Investors will be eyeing the minutes of the Federal Reserve's January 26-27 meeting to be released later on Wednesday to gauge the US central bank's view of the economy and its outlook on interest rates.
Speculation has increased in recent days that the Fed might resort to negative interest rates to stimulate the economy after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said last week it was an option that would not be taken "off the table."
Lower or negative rates would boost demand for non-interest-paying gold.
However, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said on Tuesday it would take a grimmer economic picture to prompt the central bank to cut rates.
The Fed raised interest rates in December for the first time in nearly a decade.
Weekly Gold Rates
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The rates for 24 carat, 22 carat, 21 carat, 18 carat and Ten Tola (TT) Bar (11.6638038 gram) will be updated four times a day to keep them fresh and relevant for buyers of gold bars and gold jewellery in the UAE.
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