Hong Kong: Shares close with big gains

[HONG KONG] Shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai ended the week on a strong note Friday, after data showed China's vast economy expanded at a record pace in the first quarter of the year.

The Hang Seng Index jumped 0.61 per cent, or 176.57 points, to 28,969.71.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.81 per cent, or 27.63 points, to 3,426.62, while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange gained 0.62 per cent, or 13.67 points, to 2,220.22.



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