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Aust shares follow Wall Street lower

The share market has closed lower after increased political uncertainty in the US sparked a sharp sell-off on Wall Street and soured global risk appetite.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 was down 32.1 points, or 0.56 per cent, at 5,747.1 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 28.7 points, or 0.49 per cent, at 5,798.5 points.

The September SPI200 futures contract was down 42 points, or 0.73 per cent, at 5,704 points.