Banking stocks fell, with Deutsche Bank down 0.39 euros at 46.76. BMW rose 21.70 euros to 745.70 on bid hopes. Daimler-Chrysler gained 1 to 85 euros after it said that a decision on a link with Nissan would be made soon. Thyssen and Mannesman fell as the metalworkers' union in Baden- Wurttemberg voted for a strike ballot.
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SHARES closed slightly lower, with the Xetra DAX down 7.79 points at 4,888.95, but well above the day's low point of 4,807.39.