The 30-share index which had lost 400.81 points in the previous three sessions, moved further down by 163.25 points, or 0.78 percent, to 20,872.36 with banking, capital goods, realty, oil and gas and power sector stocks retreating.  The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell 51.80 points, or 0.83 percent, to 6,185.25.

Brokers said sentiments turned distinctly weak as Industrial production entered the negative territory after three months, contracting by 1.8 percent in October mainly due to poor performance of the manufacturing sector and retail inflation climbing to a nine-month high of 11.24 percent in November.

In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.39 percent, while Japan's Nikkei gained 1.01 percent in morning trade on Friday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.66 percent down in Thursday's trade.


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