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Nikkei falls, heading for 3rd straight day of loss

TOKYO, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average fell in early trade on Thursday, heading for a third straight day of losses, on mounting concerns that upcoming quarterly corporate earnings will be weak after a tame start to the U.S. results season.

The Nikkei shed 0.8 percent to 8,524.45, while the broader Topix

index dropped 0.7 percent to 711.58.

(Reporting by Dominic Lau; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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