A separate report showed the PMI for the service industry fell last month from February.
In other markets on Friday:
Mumbai closed down 0.66 percent or 149.57 points from Thursday at 22,359.50 points.
Wellington was flat, edging 1.53 points higher to 5,123.90.
Manila closed 0.39 percent lower, shedding 25.88 points to 6,561.20.