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CORRECTED-Australia shares slip as virus restrictions threaten economic recovery

(Removes reference to Japan’s main index in last paragraph as the market is closed)

July 23 (Reuters) - Australian shares slipped on Friday from a record closing high scaled the previous day, as strict restrictions in major cities dampened sentiment, while casino operator Crown Resorts slumped after Star Entertainment withdrew its takeover bid.

The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.21% to 7,371.1 by 0015 GMT, but was on track for a weekly gain.

Strict restrictions in major cities, specifically in Sydney, are threatening the country’s economic recovery, with some analysts expecting the economy to shrink in the third quarter.

Miners were the top percentage losers in the index, shedding as much as 0.7%. Silver Lake Resources Ltd fell 9.35%, while MACA Ltd dropped 3.76%.

Among financials, top lenders Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corp advanced as much as 1.1% and 1.3%, respectively.

Energy stocks fell 1.1%, led by Santos Ltd , which dropped 1.6%, and Oil Search Ltd, which lost 1.47%.

Star Entertainment Group jumped 1.7% after it withdrew its all-stock proposed takeover of rival Crown Resorts for $9 billion. Crown Resorts declined 4.4%.

Among top percentage losers on the benchmark index, Northern Star Resources fell 3.44% and Westgold Resources slipped 2.6%.

In New Zealand, the benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index fell up to 0.21% to 12,693.62.

Top percentage losers on the benchmark were a2 Milk Co , down 1.64%, followed by Vista Group International , losing 1.32% and Vital Healthcare Property Trust , down 0.94%.

Elsewhere, S&P 500 E-minis futures were up 0.21%. (Reporting by Sameer Manekar in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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