Nikkei ends down in choppy trade

TOKYO Thu May 10, 2012 2:05am EDT

A man takes a photo of displays showing market prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A man takes a photo of displays showing market prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo April 11, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average slid down 0.4 percent on Thursday after lurching in and out of positive territory as strong Australian jobs data was offset by poor Chinese trade figures and concerns about instability in the euro zone.

The Nikkei .N225 closed down at 9,009.65, while the broader Topix .TOPX inched down 0.1 percent to 765.42.

(Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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