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CANBERRA, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Australian shares edged up 0.1percent on Friday as gains in index-heavy mining stocks helpedbreak a two-day run of losses, but the market still endedslightly down on the week.

Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd

gained 0.9 percent toA$33.54 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltdrose 1.8 percentto A$56.40, helped by a rebound in iron ore prices.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index

rose 3.1 points to4,486.6, according to the latest data, but remained below14-month highs above 4,500 hit earlier this week. It lost 0.2percent over the week.

Surfwear retailer Billabong International Ltd

ended

down 17 percent, having hit a record low during trade, afterprivate equity firm TPG dropped its A$694 million ($713 million)bid.

New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index

rose 0.3percent to 3,896.7.

(Reporting by Maggie Lu Yueyang; Editing by John Mair)

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