Tokyo stocks close down 2.03% as weak China data hits sentiment

TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo stocks plunged 2.03 per cent Tuesday as investors locked in profits after the previous day's near four-per cent rise, while the yen picked up against the dollar and weak China growth data hit sentiment.

The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange eased 306.95 points to 14,804.28, while the Topix index of all first-section issues fell 1.55 per cent, or 18.98 points, to 1,205.36.