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Australia shares fall on Wall St, investors eye jobs data

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SYDNEY, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell 0.6percent early on Thursday, following weak leads from Wall Streetas U.S. equities sank on corporate warnings of slower growth,with investors waiting on local jobs data later in the morningfor an update on the domestic economy.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index

lost 26.4 points to4,464.3 by 2314 GMT. The benchmark pulled back from 14-monthhighs on Wednesday after the IMF cut its growth forecast forChina, Australia's biggest export market.

New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index

slipped 0.4percent, or 16.8 points 3,871.4.

(Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by John Mair)

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