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SYDNEY, March 12 Australian shares fell 0.6
percent on Wednesday, dragged lower by a weak reading on
consumer confidence and worries about China's economy, with
downbeat sentiment spreading to banking, energy and consumer
The market pared some earlier losses as investors bought
back battered shares of miners.
The S&P/ASX 200 index closed down 29.6 points at
5,384.2, after touching an intraday low of 5,345.9.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 0.1
percent to 5,096.5.
(Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Chris Gallagher)