SINGAPORE — Asia-Pacific stocks slipped on Monday as investors reacted to the release of Chinese economic data for July.
Retail sales in China rose 8.5% in July as compared with a year ago, according to official data released Monday. That was far lower than the 11.5% rise forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll.
Meanwhile, industrial production grew 6.4% in July, also falling short of expectations for a 7.8% year-on-year increase for the month, according to the Reuters poll.
Mainland Chinese stocks closed mixed, with the Shanghai composite hovering marginally higher at 3,517.34 while the Shenzhen component shed 0.712% to 14,693.74. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index declined 0.8% to close at 26,181.46.
Japan’s GDP rose 0.3% in the second quarter as compared with the previous three months, when it contracted 0.9%, according to official preliminary estimates released Monday. The April-June data print beat market forecasts for a 0.2% increase, according to Reuters.
Elsewhere, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index in Malaysia slipped 0.34% as of 4:21 p.m. local time after the country’s palace confirmed that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet submitted their resignation to the king on Monday.
Shares in Australia also dipped, with the S&P/ASX 200 0.61% lower to close at 7,582.50.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan declined 0.5%.
South Korea’s markets were closed on Monday for a holiday.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.538 following a recent decline from around the 93 level.
The Japanese yen traded at 109.34 per dollar, following a strengthening late last week from above 110 against the greenback. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7338 as compared with an earlier high of $0.7373.