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Nikkei 225 Falls 0.4% on Pandemic, Central Bank Outlooks

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05:49 AM EDT, 08/31/2022 (MT Newswires) -- The Nikkei 255 opened lower Wednesday and could not recover, finishing off 0.4% as traders weighed ongoing anti-pandemic lockdowns in mainland China and the outlook for tighter monetary policies from the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 104.05 to 28,091.53, as losing issues outnumbered gainers 137 to 78.

Leading the upside on a down day were Kansai Electric Railway (9009:Tokyo), up 3.7%, followed by department-store chain Isetan Mitsukoshi (IHMDF, 3099:Tokyo), up 3%, and then Mitsubishi Motors (MMTOF, 7211:Tokyo), also up 3%.

On the downside were oil driller Inpex (IPEXY, 1605:Tokyo), off 3.6%, and then integrated oil-giant ENEOS (JXHLY, 5020:Tokyo), off 3.1%.

In economic news, Japan's seasonally adjusted consumer confidence index posted at 32.5 in August, up from 30.2 in July, the Cabinet Office reported.

Retail sales in Japan grew 2.4% year-over-year in July, reported the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

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