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Tokyo: Stocks close down with eyes on US data

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[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks closed lower Friday as investors grew cautious ahead of US jobs data and a weekend Italian referendum, with the benchmark index slipping off a 2016 high.

The Nikkei 225 lost 0.47 per cent, or 87.04 points, to end at 18,426.08, having chalked up its highest close this year on Thursday.

The broader Topix index of all first-section issues dropped 0.36 per cent, or 5.29 points, to 1,477.98.

AFP