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SYDNEY/AUCKLAND, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell nearly 1 percent on Thursday, giving up the last of this year’s gains, dragged lower by resources shares and after a private survey showed China’s immense factory sector output contracted for the first time in six months.
The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 1 percent or 52.64 points to 5316.2 at the close of trade, dipping to a 0.7 percent discount to its close at the end of 2013.
New Zealand’s benchmark NZX 50 index closed at 5,526.95, up 0.1 percent. (Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Kim Coghill)