Tokyo stocks close down on concerns over new virus lockdowns in Europe

TOKYO, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks closed lower Thursday amid concerns over the pace of the global economic recovery from the pandemic after France and Germany said they will issue partial lockdowns in the face of rising COVID-19 cases.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average lost 86.57 points, or 0.37 percent, from Wednesday to close the day at 23,331.94.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, shed 1.62 points, or 0.10 percent, to finish at 1,610.93.

Securities house, land transportation and electric power and gas-oriented issues comprised those that declined the most by the close of play.