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SYDNEY, AAP – Miners were strong but unable to offset losses in most sectors as the Australian share market closed a little lower.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed down 24.7 points, or 0.36 per cent, to 6799.5 on Monday.

The All Ordinaries closed lower by 26.7 points, or 0.38 per cent, to 7036.4.

The materials sector, which includes miners, was the strongest and rose 1.3 per cent.

The biggest loss was in the information technology sector, 2.77 per cent.

There were slumps of more than one per cent in consumer discretionaries and telecommunications.

The Australian dollar was buying 76.21 US cents at 1619 AEDT, higher from 76.14 US cents at Friday’s close.