Asia stocks falls on U.S. economy worry

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average fell 1.4 percent on Thursday as exporters such as Advantest Corp <6857.T> slid on a stronger yen and after gloomy U.S. retail sales data revived worries about the economy and hurt Wall Street.

The benchmark Nikkei <.N225> shed 128.19 points to 9,212.30. It gained 0.5 percent the previous day to inch back towards a six-month closing high struck earlier in the week.

The broader Topix <.TOPX> slipped 1.2 percent to 877.83.

(Reporting by Aiko Hayashi)

Article Published: 14/05/2009