Snapping its four-day long rising streak, the 30-share index lost 30.71 points, or 0.14 percent, to 20,497.88 with FMCG, realty, consumer durables and banking stocks succumbing to profit booking. After recording modest growth in September 2013, industrial output again slowed down sharply to 0.6 percent in August, mainly on account of a contraction in manufacturing and mining.

The Sensex had gained 633.49 points in the past four sessions. The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell 13.30 points, or 0.21 percent, to 6,082.90.

Brokers said besides profit booking by participants, industrial output, which had shown some signs of recovery in July again slowed down sharply to 0.6 percent in August mainly on account of a contraction in manufacturing and mining, dampened the trading sentiments.

They said that absence of cues from other Asian markets, as Tokyo and Hong Kong's exchanges are closed on Monday, also forced funds to adopt a cautious approach.

(Agencies)

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