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SHANGHAI: China stocks closed lower on Monday as recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the country weighed on consumption, tourism and the broader services sector.

The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.4% to 4,890.69, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1% to 3,544.48.

Shares in consumer staples, tourism and transport dropped between 0.8% and 2.9%.

Activity in China's services sector grew at a slower pace in October as the country combats small-scale COVID-19 outbreaks hitting mainly the north.

"The non-manufacturing PMI could drop much further in November, as Beijing may significantly tighten travel restrictions in coming weeks, in order to contain the current wave ahead of the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush," Nomura analysts said.

Separately, China's factory activity contracted more than expected in October, hurt by persistently high raw material prices and softer domestic demand.

Real estate firms declined for a sixth session and finished down 1.6%, as a recent planned pilot real-estate tax scheme dented risk appetite in the sector.

Although banks have been requested by Beijing to avoid overly severe property curbs, Nomura said "it's still fine-tuning, not outright easing" and the brokerage expected "the environment? may continue to decline for the property sector". A sub-index tracking defence stocks gained 1.8% as tensions around Taiwan issues intensified.

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