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SYDNEY Feb 6 Australian shares bounced back on
Thursday, lifted by bargain-hunting in blue-chip mining and
financial stocks after a three-day slide, with upbeat retail
sales data lending further support.
The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 1.2 percent, or 61.1
points, to 5,131.4, its biggest one-day gain in three weeks. The
benchmark fell 0.5 percent to close at a seven-week closing low
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.1
percent to 4,807.9.
(Reporting by Maggie Lu Yueyang; Editing by Kim Coghill)