Egypt's Central Bank kept the pound stable at 8.78 per dollar at its regular foreign currency auction on Tuesday.

However, it sold 104.5 million dollars after offering 120 million dollars at the auction, data from the Central Bank showed.

It brought the amount offered during Tuesday's auction to 120 million dollars.

Egypt, which relies heavily on imports, has been facing a dollar shortage since a popular uprising in 2011 drove away tourists and foreign investors, both major sources of hard currency.