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Asia markets were poised to see declines at the open following the overnight release of U.S. retail data which saw the sector seeing its biggest drop in nearly a decade.
Australia's ASX 200 was largely flat in early trade as the sectors traded mixed. The energy subindex rose 0.85 percent as oil shares mostly rose following Thursday's gain in crude prices. Santos gained 1.2 percent, Woodside Petroleum advanced 1.38 percent and Beach Energy jumped 3.52 percent.
Meanwhile, futures pointed to a lower open for Japan's Nikkei 225. The Nikkei futures contract in Chicago was at 20,990, as compared to the benchmark index's last close at 21,139.71.
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