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Asia shares mixed, yen trumps Japan growth data

Published on May 15, 2014 11:14 AM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Asian shares were mixed Thursday, with a strong yen and a slump in Sony pushing Tokyo's Nikkei lower despite data showing the Japanese economy accelerated in the first quarter.

Wall Street provided a negative lead, with the main indexes losing ground in an end to a five-day rally that saw the Dow and S&P 500 notch up fresh records.

Tokyo sank 0.88 per cent by the break, Sydney slipped 0.10 per cent, Shanghai lost 0.22 per cent and Seoul added 0.10 per cent while Hong Kong was 0.19 per cent higher.

Jakarta was closed for a public holiday.

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