Hong Kong shares end lower, China GDP data fails to excite

Hong Kong shares end lower, China GDP data fails to excite

Oct 19 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares fell on Wednesday, giving up some of the previous session's solid gains, as China's economic growth data did little to prop up fragile investor sentiment.

The Hang Seng index fell 0.4 percent, to 23,304.97, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.8 percent, to 9,641.22 points.

There was little surprise from China's third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data. The economy grew 6.7 percent from a year earlier, steady from the previous quarter, as increased government spending and a property boom offset stubbornly weak exports.

And a morning rally in Chinese state companies listed in Hong Kong fizzled out, as investors took profit from gains that had been fuelled by reform hopes.

Most sectors were down, led by materials and industrial stocks.

Hong Kong-listed shares of China Life slid 2.7 percent, after it forecast a 60 percent drop in net profit for the first nine months of the year. (Reporting by the Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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