Wires

Nikkei opens lower as slowdown fears persist ahead of earnings

TOKYO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fellat Tuesday's open on growing concern that companies will slashfull-year earnings forecasts when they announce quarterlyearnings, after the World Bank warned China's slowdown could bemore protracted than thought.

The Nikkei

lost 0.5 percent to 8,817.32, while thebroader Topix

lost 0.4 percent to 734.44.

(Reporting by Sophie Knight; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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