Nikkei slips on poor U.S. manufacturing data

Tue Dec 4, 2012 1:05am EST

TOKYO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average slipped on
Tuesday, retreating from a seven-month closing high hit in the
previous session, as weak U.S. data triggered profit-taking on
exporters, which have lately enjoyed a sharp bounce on a softer
    The ended 0.3 percent lower at 9,432.46 points. The
broader Topix index was flat at 781.97.