Besides, profit-booking by speculators after Thursday's strong rally also weighed on sentiment. The 30-share index fell by 71.68 points, or 0.39 percent, to 18,329.46. Sensex has rallied nearly 433 points in the previous two sessions.
    
On similar lines, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty declined by 23.40 points, or 0.43 percent, to 5,385.65.
    
Brokers said selling by funds and profit-booking by speculators ahead the gross domestic product (GDP) data for the first quarter ended June 2013, to be released later in the day, and a weak trend on the other Asian bourses mainly dampened the trading sentiment.
    
In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down 0.12 percent, while Japan's Nikkei Index shed 0.67 percent in morning trade.
     
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.11 percent higher in Thursday’s trade.

 (Agencies)

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