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STI dips on bleak China economic figures

Sluggish trading day after public holiday results in lacklustre volume

DESPITE having started the day with a jolt of caffeine, local stocks ended up trapped in a post-prandial torpor on Wednesday that was made worse by bleak China economic figures released in the early afternoon.

The benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) retreated 0.54 per cent or 16.13 points