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Asian stock increased due to signs of improving economic activity in China. Retail sales in China increased 12.5% in May, exceeding expectations for a 12.3% gain, after a 11.9% rise in April.
The Chinese industrial production rose 8.8% in May, meeting expectations, after a 8.7% increase in April.
Escalating violence in Iraq weighed on markets.
Indexes on the close:
Nikkei 225 15,097.84 +124.31 +0.83%
Hang Seng 23,319.17 +144.15 +0.62%
Shanghai Composite 2,070.71 +19.00 +0.93%
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