AROUND THE WORLD'S MARKETS: FRANKFURT

GERMANY'S Xetra DAX slid with Wall Street in afternoon trading.

The Xetra Dax closed down 57.88 at 5,010.7 after briefly dipping below 5,000. Of the Dax's 30 blue-chip stocks, 20 traded lower.

Deutsche Telecom, the most traded stock, closed down 1.77 per cent.

Metro, the retail giant, was another faller shedding 3 per cent.

Deutsche Bank gained 1.2 per cent but declined to comment on talk it may have sold a large stake in Italy's BCI.

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