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SYDNEY, AAP – Miners have helped Australian shares higher on Friday, as the market capped its best week since early February.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed up 33.6 points, or 0.49 per cent, to 6824.2 on Friday.

The All Ordinaries closed higher by 40.5 points, or 0.58 per cent, to 7063.1.

The materials sector, which includes miners, rose 1.24 per cent.

There were gains of more than one per cent for telecommunications and information technology.

For the week, the ASX200 rose 1.73 per cent.

The Australian dollar was buying 76.14 US cents at 1618 AEDT, higher from 75.99 US cents at Thursday’s close.