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AN EIGHT-DAY winning streak ended yesterday with Footsie, despite the expected base-rate cut, falling 35.3 points (after 68) from its record high to 6,437.9.

Granada and Carlton Communications were among the best performers, reflecting a better-than-expected take-up of their ONdigital TV service. Granada rose 44p to 1,350p and Carlton 20.5p to 1,360p.

WH Smith, up 75p to 782.5p, and Dixons, 25p to 1,421p, were lifted by their Internet connections.