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Review: Asian shares steady as business confidence rises

Asian shares remained near two-year peak on Monday, starting the second half of the year on a solid foothold after two consecutive quarters of gains.

Japan's Nikkei inched up 0.2 percent.

South Korea’s Kospi slid 0.2 percent and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slumped 0.5 percent.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose slightly by 0.1 percent, while the Shanghai Composite fell less than 0.1 percent.

Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato

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