MELBOURNE, Oct 24 Australian shares fell 0.9
percent to their lowest in a week on Wednesday, with miners and
banks leading losses after copper prices hit their lowest since
early September and other metals also plumbed one-month lows.
The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index fell 41 points to
4,501.7 by 2320 GMT, its lowest since Oct. 17.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.5
percent to 3,983.8, retreating from a 4-1/2 year closing high of
4,004.26 hit on Tuesday.
The HSBC Flash China manufacturing PMI is due on Wednesday,
and signs of a further slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy
would raise concerns about slowing demand for Australian
Australian inflation data is due at 0030 GMT. A benign
result would increase expectations of another interest rate cut
(Reporting by Miranda Maxwell; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)