Asian stocks fell in early trading Wednesday, as strong economic data out of the U.S. failed to quell worries about Europe's festering debt crisis.

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Reuters reports that Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.1 percent to 8,529.98. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1.6 percent at 19,040.65 and South Korea's Kospi fell 0.2 percent to 1,882.14.