SHANGHAI A shares fell 8.2 per cent yesterday on speculation paramount leader Deng Xiaoping is suffering from poor health, traders said. 'The indices managed to claw back some ground in the late afternoon after China's Foreign Ministry denied the rumours,' said a trader. The Credit Lyonnais Shanghai B Index fell 7.4 points, or 0.8 per cent to 900.50 on trading worth US$6.56 million. 'Investors were also disappointed that this week's central committee meeting did not yield new economic measures,' said Joyce Leung, a trader with Sun Hung Kai Securities. Chinese leaders ended up their annual meeting on Wednesday but there was scant mention of the growing economic problems. Retail prices in 35 major Chinese cities rose 27.1 per cent on the year in August, up from 24.2 per cent in the year to July. No news was good news for the B-share market, according to Maurien Yau, senior analyst at DBS Securities. 'Any new measures would most likely have been austerity measures and this would not be good for the market,' she said. In B-share trading, Shanghai Phoenix Bicycle fell 5.4 per cent to 66.2 cents. 'The market for bicycles in China is not that good, so investors are looking at other sectors,' Ms Yau said. The company announced disappointing first-half results last month. Hotel company Jinjiang Tower fell two per cent, to 67 cents. 'It is a single asset stock and there is a slowdown in growth in tourist arrivals in China,' said Stephanie Guz, China analyst at Smith New Court Far East. The most active stock was Shanghai China International Travel which closed its second day of trading unchanged at 50.2 cents on trading worth $2.52 million.