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Seoul: Shares fall 1.1% to near 5-mth closing low; won trims gains

A currency dealer walks past a screen showing South Korea's benchmark stock index in a trading room at the Korea Exchange Bank in Seoul.

[SEOUL] South Korean shares fell 1.1 per cent and the won pared gains on Monday after weak China factory activity dented sentiment, with chemical and refinery firms also pressured by slumping oil prices.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) ended at 2,008.49 points, the lowest closing since March 16. Monday's percentage drop was the sharpest since July 8.

The won closed local trade up 0.4 per cent at 1,165.9 per dollar. The local currency touched as high as 1,162.0 before the weak China factory survey was released.