Hong Kong stocks close flat

Hong Kong stocks ended flat on Monday while Shanghai slipped owing to growing fears over a new bird flu outbreak on the mainland.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 8.85 points to end at 21,718.05 on turnover of HK$58.05 billion ($7.49 billion).

Chinese shares closed down 0.62 percent. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 13.71 points to 2,211.59 on turnover of 73.7 billion yuan ($11.9 billion).