The retail inflation measured in terms of consumer price index (CPI) rose to 10.09 percent in October, entering double digits after seven months. Meanwhile, industrial production grew by two percent in September, mainly on account of better performance by power and mining sectors.

The 30-share index fell by 53.97 points, or 0.27 percent, to 20,227.94 in first five minutes of trading. The Sensex lost 957.45 points in past six sessions. Stocks of power, capital goods, metal, consumer durable and banking sectors declined due to profit booking.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell by 19.90 points, or 0.33 percent, to 5,998.15. Brokers said sustained selling by funds amid weakening trend on other Asian bourses mainly influenced the trading sentiment.

In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index was down 0.09 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index shed 1.31 percent in morning trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.21 percent down in Tuesday's trade.


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