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Around the World's Markets: London

HOPES OF upbeat trading reports from the blue chip companies due to report this week helped Footsie score a 72.5 points gain to 6,023.2. With New York closed, trading volume was the lowest since early this year.

Barclays, reporting today, jumped 74p to 1,590p, and WPP, due to present results tomorrow, rose 20p to 492p. BT continued to benefit from last week's trading news, surging a further 27.5p to a 1,072p peak.

Derek Pain, page 19