Mumbai: The rupee collapsed to a fresh low of 73.77 against the US dollar Thursday, as global oil prices continued to rise, deepening concerns about the current account deficit and capital outflows.Also Read - Traveler Video Captures Massive Landslide Topple Trees Into Alaska Road, Bay

Consistent dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners, following higher crude oil prices, kept the rupee under pressure. Also Read - As US Poised to Restrict Abortion, Other Nations Ease Access

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At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened lower and slipped further to a fresh low of 73.77 a dollar against 73.34, a fall of 43 paise.

The domestic currency closed at a record low of 73.34, down by 43 paise or 0.59 per cent on Wednesday.

The international benchmark Brent crude breached the US 86 per barrel level, near its four-year high.

The benchmark Sensex plunged by 527.94 points, or 1.39 per cent, to 35,447.69 in morning deals.