HONG KONG (AFP) - Asian shares fell on Friday as dealers looked to weak data from the United States that suggests a recovery in the worlds biggest economy may not be as strong as previously thought. Tokyo led the way down, diving 2.64 percent, after bucking the trend on Thursday as dealers returned from a three-day break. Hong Kong lost 0.13 percent and Shanghai 0.52 percent. Seoul lost 0.14 percent but Sydney rose 0.26 percent. Dealers were worried about the pace of recovery in the US after data Thursday showed existing home sales fell 2.7 percent in August to 5.10 million units from the previous month. In the past four months, sales had risen a total of 15.2 percent. The news knocked Wall Street 0.42 percent lower. TOKYO: Down 2.64 percent. The Nikkei-225 index dropped 278.24 points to 10,265.98. Stocks were hit by Wall Streets losses, worries about Japan Airlines and news of a planned capital hike by brokerage giant Nomura. HONG KONG: Down 0.13 percent. The Hang Seng Index lost 26.33 points at 21,024.40. Concerns the US Federal Reserve will scale back some of its supportive measures for the economy will weigh on the local market in the near term, Ernie Hon, strategist at ICBC International Securities told Dow Jones Newswires. SYDNEY: Up 0.26 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 lifted 12.1 points to 4,713.3. SHANGHAI: Down 0.52 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index, which covers both A and B shares, was down 14.71 points to 2,838.84. The fall in large-caps and sharply shrinking turnover shows investors sentiment remains very weak and the market has no momentum to go upward in the near term, Zhou Lin, an analyst at Huatai Securities, said. SEOUL: Down 0.14 percent. The KOSPI lost 2.4 points to close at 1,691.48. Bargain-hunting offset early profit-taking spurred by overnight US market weakness. Reports that leaders of the Group of 20 nations agreed to avoid withdrawing economic stimulus measures prematurely also helped soothe anxieties, analysts said. TAIPEI: Up 0.29 percent. The weighted index rose 21.00 points to 7,345.22. The financial sector led the upside on rotational buying, President Securities analyst Vickie Hsieh said. SINGAPORE: Down 0.17 percent. The Straits Times Index fell 4.61 points to 2,662.82. BANGKOK: Down 0.96pc. The Stock Exchange of Thailand fell 6.97 points to close at 721.57. KUALA LUMPUR: Flat. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index lost 0.67 points to close at 1,217.39 JAKARTA: Down 0.98 percent. The Jakarta Composite Index lost 24.32 points to 2,444.58. MANILA: Down 0.56 percent. The composite index fell 16.00 points to 2,821.34. WELLINGTON: Down 0.61 percent. The NXZ-50 was down 19.10 points at 3,111.15. MUMBAI: Down 0.53 percent. The 30-share Sensex index fell 88.43 points to 16,693.