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Asia Pacific markets traded lower on Wednesday after the release of U.S. inflation data that came in hotter-than-expected. It further raised expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will continue to raise interest rates to curb inflation.

The Kospi in South Korea led losses as it fell 1.53% to 2427.9, and the Kosdaq slid 1.81% to 765.26 as investors digested the nation’s unemployment rate.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index fell 1.50%, and the Hang Seng Tech index slid 0.84%. In mainland China, the Shenzhen Component fell 0.35% and the Shanghai Composite shed 0.42%.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.06% to close at 7352.2, as financials saw sharp losses after Reserve Bank of Australia’s governor Philip Lowe reiterated that inflation remains “too high.”

Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed 0.37% lower at 27,501.86 and the Topix dropped 0.27% to end the day at 1987.74.

The U.S. consumer price index, which measures a broad basket of common goods and services, rose 0.5% in January, which translated to an annual gain of 6.4%.Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for respective increases of 0.4% and 6.2%.

Markets on Wall Street closed mixed, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and  S&P 500 closing lower. However, the Nasdaq Composite ended the day higher, boosted by technology stocks, including Tesla and Nvidia.

— CNBC’s Carmen Reinicke, Alex Harring and Jeff Cox contributed to this report