UPDATE 1-Elevator maker Kone sees tough competition in China for 2017
* Finnish elevator maker Kone said on its capital markets day on Wednesday that business in key market China would remain challenging next year
HONG KONG Jan 20 Hong Kong shares were knocked off a two-week high on Monday after data showed an easing in China's pace of economic expansion in the last quarter due to sagging investment growth.
Chinese growth-sensitive sectors were the leading drags on the index, and a weak mainland market was another factor.
The Shanghai Composite Index closed below the 2,000-point mark for the first time in 5-1/2 months as soaring short-term funding costs deepened uneasiness that new A-share listings will inject more competition for already limited cash.
The Hang Seng Index, which closed on Friday at its highest since Jan. 2, ended down 0.9 percent at 22,929 points. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong sank 1.3 percent.
Losses came in weak turnover as an initial lift from China's macroeconomic data that came in a fraction better than expectation faded in afternoon trade.
Fourth-quarter GDP growth came in at 7.7 percent, compared with 7.6 percent forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll but easing from 7.8 percent in the previous three months.
Haier Electronics dived 6.5 percent after closing on Friday at its highest in about 14-1/2 years. Private equity firm Carlyle Group offered 100 million shares in a range of HK$22.00-$22.50 each, reflecting an up to 10 percent discount to Friday's close, Thomson Reuters IFR reported last Friday.
FRANKFURT, Sept 28 Europe's biggest software maker SAP has earmarked 2 billion euros ($2.2 bln) for investments in products that help companies to connect everything from washing machines to cars to the Internet.
BRUSSELS, Sept 28 Anheuser-Busch InBev said on Wednesday that it would retain its existing name after a planned $100-billion-plus takeover of rival SABMiller.