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Sensex gains amid mixed econ data

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The Sensex closed 2.25 percent higher on Thursday, as gains on Wall Street and positive inflation data boosted investor sentiments.

INDIAThe benchmark closed 183.35 points up at 8343.75, supported by index heavyweights Reliance Industries (up 4.1 percent), ICICI Bank (up 8.1 percent) and Infosys (up 2.5 percent).

The BSE Auto Index was the frontrunner, closing 3.7 percent higher on data released on Monday indicating a jump of almost 22 percent in car sales from a year ago.

Shares in Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hero Honda and Maruti Suzuki were up in the range of 3-5.8 percent.

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