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economy grew by the weaker-than-expected 0.2 percent in October. Germany is barely growing, expanding simply by 0.1 percent within the third quarter. CHINESE STOCKS: Prices of some major Chinese issues including state-owned banks and oil companies, fell because the market took a rest from a buying frenzy which has pushed up the Shanghai benchmark by 48 percent since June. Sinopec Ltd., Asia's biggest oil refiner by volume, was of

f 3.2 percent, and Industrial & Full service bank of China Ltd. was off 2.6 percent. WALL STREET: The six-month-old decline in global crude prices dragged down shares in energy companies and raised concerns about headwinds for U.S. growth. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.6 percent to 17,852.48 along with the broader Standard & Poor's 500 was off 0.7 percent at 2,060.31. The Nasdaq composite shed 0.8 percent to 4,740.69