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HONG KONG, Jan 25 AFP

January 25 2013, 7:16PM

Hong Kong shares have closed flat after profit-taking kept the Hang Seng Index in negative territory for most of the day after it hit a 20-month high earlier in the week.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 18.47 points on Friday to 23,580.43 on turnover of HK$81.67 billion ($A10.13 billion).

Chinese shares fell 0.49 per cent. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ended down 11.30 points at 2,291.30 on turnover of 80.3 billion yuan ($A12.39 billion). The index lost 1.11 per cent for the week.