Asian stocks took a breather from recent strong gains Thursday as economic figures out of Europe and the U.S. failed to impress. The Nikkei fell 2.12% to 13,752.94, the Hang Seng was down 0.01% to 22,539.25, the Kospi added 0.57% to 1,923.91 and the S&P/ASX eased 0.10% to 5,152.40.

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