Around the World's Markets: London

TODAY'S BUDGET overshadowed blue chips, with Footsie after a lacklustre session ending just 3.3 points up at 6,208.8. It had moved between a 29 gain and a 30.9 fall. Supporting shares were more resilient; the mid cap index rose 10.8 points and the small cap 11.4p.

Albright & Wilson, the chemical group, was most actively traded as a US bid emerged at 130p a share and CSFB picked up stock on behalf of the bidder. The price gained 19.5p to 129.5p.