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Seoul shares tick down on earnings trepidation

SEOUL, Oct 8 (Reuters) - South Korean shares fell on Mondayas concerns about the slowdown of the world economy ledinvestors to exercise caution ahead of earnings reports.

Most heavyweights on the South Korean index slumped, led byshipbuilders Hyundai Heavy Industries and SamsungHeavy Industries , which dropped 2.8 percent and 2.5percent respectively.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) wasdown 0.67 percent at 1,981.89 points on closing.

(Reporting By Somang Yang; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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