China H-shares fall most in 10 weeks as banks, autos skid

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese shares listed in Hong Kong suffered their biggest daily drop in 10 weeks, hit by profit-taking in automakers and sharp declines in banks following weak Chinese money supply data.

The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong, or H-shares, closed down 2.1 per cent. That marked its biggest one-day percentage drop since Feb 4.

The main Hang Seng Index ended 1.6 per cent lower at 22,671.26.

China Citic Banking Corp fell 6.5 per cent and China Minsheng Banking Corp lost 8.2 per cent after Chinese central bank data showed the country's money supply grew at its weakest pace since 2001 and loan growth slowed in March.

Auto shares retreated on profit-taking after gaining over the past few days on positive earnings data. The sector is also being affected by uncertainties over regulations that may curb demand.

Guangzhou Automobile Group shares fell 4.2 per cent, Great Wall Motor dropped 5.2 per cent and Dongfeng Motor Group Co lost 2.5 per cent.

BYD plunged 7 per cent on media reports that March sales for the Warren Buffett-backed Chinese carmaker fell 24 per cent on the same period last year.