Perhaps to buy time to mull over a possible answer, if it is a question.
Another possibility is that it helps them remember something that was said.
Could be that they are daft, as well.
Most likely it's because they did not get the reaction they hoped for or expected. I am assuming you are talking about the person who made the inital statment repeating it.
The listener may repeat something to buy some time to come up with an "appropriate answer". Some people feel uncomfortable with too much silence.
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