Shanghai Composite Index +0.47%, CSI300 +0.8%
Consumer staples firms up 2.35%, overcome drag from financials
Sept home price data shows slowest monthly growth since 2016
SHANGHAI, Oct 20 (Reuters) - China shares ended higher on Tuesday in a relatively tepid session, as optimism over recovering consumption lifted the benchmark index, though data showed a slowdown in new home price growth in the world's second-largest economy.
** At the close, the Shanghai Composite index .SSEC reclaimed lost ground to end 0.47% higher at 3,328.10. The blue-chip CSI300 index .CSI300 was up 0.8%.
** Consumer staples firms .CSI000912 jumped 2.35%, powered by breweries and distillers. Economic data released Monday showed that China's economic recovery quickened in the third quarter, supported by growing consumption.
** However, the financial sector sub-index .CSI300FS fell 0.34% and real estate firms .CSI000952 shed 0.83% following data that dented sentiment around the housing market, which has provided a much-needed support to an economy ravaged by the pandemic.
** New home prices in China grew at their slowest pace in more than 4-1/2 years in September as tightening measures introduced by some big cities to guard against a potential market bubble.
** The smaller Shenzhen index .SZSC ended up 1.23% and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index .CNT was higher by 1.893%.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index .MIAPJ0000PUS was firmer by 0.36%, while Japan's Nikkei index .N225 closed down 0.44%.
** At 0704 GMT, the yuan CNY=CFXS was quoted at 6.686 per U.S. dollar, 0.07% weaker than the previous close of 6.6813.
** Trading activity was light, with about 16.51 billion shares traded on the Shanghai exchange, roughly 74.2% of the market's 30-day moving average of 22.26 billion shares a day. The volume in the previous trading session was 21.23 billion.
(Reporting by Andrew Galbraith, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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