A rise in the budget deficit and a drop in retail sales growth pushed both indices down in another slow trading day. The VNI dropped 0.38% to 389.9. The HNI closed at 53.1, down 1%. Turnover dropped 16% to VND539 billion, of which nearly half came from put-through transactions. The largest block deal saw 5.2 million shares, or over a 10% stake of PTI Insurance (PTI), valued at VND55 billion changing hands.