Around the World's Markets: London

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FOOTSIE HIT yet another trading high but found the pace too much and by the close was nursing a 19.5 points fall to 6,493.6. Supporting shares, however, were in more buoyant form.

Imperial Chemical Industries was the best performing blue chip, gaining 47.5p to 635.5p as talk resurfaced that it was on the verge of clinching a near pounds 2bn sale of its industrial chemical operations to Huntsman, an American group.

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