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SYDNEY, AAP – Australia’s share market had a second-half slump in the session and closed lower, although investors ended January trade with gains.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed lower by 42.3 points, or 0.64 per cent, to 6607.4 on Friday.

The All Ordinaries closed lower by 46.7 points, or 0.68 per cent, at 6870.9.

Investors collected gains of 0.31 per cent for January on the ASX200, although this was the weakest month since September.

The Aussie dollar was buying 76.45 US cents at 1620 AEDT, higher from 76.34 US cents at Thursday’s close.