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TOKYO (AP) -- Major Asian stock markets rose Monday with shares in Tokyo gaining after the economy grew for a fourth consecutive quarter and the yen weakened. The Nikkei 225 stock average rose 69.30 points, or 0.7 percent, to 9,794.11 after the government said the economy expanded an annualized 3.9 percent in the July-September quarter. Stronger spending by consumers and businesses fueled the better-than-expected result. Exporters benefited from the yen weakening against the dollar, with Sony Corp. up 1.5 percent and Canon Inc. gaining 0.5 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.1 percent to 24,254.12, South Korea's Kospi added Decliners included benchmarks in mainland China, Singapore and Taiwan. In New York on Friday, Dow Jones industrials lost 1 percent to close at 11,193 on worries that China might take new steps to cool its economy after inflation hit a 25-month high in October. Any slowdown in the Chinese economy would likely reduce demand for oil, metals
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