August 29, 2014 / 6:40 AM / 3 years ago

Australia shares end flat, down 0.13 pct for August

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SYDNEY, Aug 29 (Reuters) - - Australian shares were mostly unchanged on Friday with consumer staples and miners tugging the market lower in choppy month-end trade.

The S&P/ASX 200 index finished effectively flat at 5,625.90 on Friday after falling 0.5 percent on Thursday. It broke a two-week winning streak to fall 0.35 percent on the week.

The index fell 0.13 percent in August, after last month posting its highest percentage gain in a year.

New Zealand’s NZX 50 index fell 0.27 percent or 14.21 points to finish the session at 5,223.30. (Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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