Around the World's Markets; LONDON

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The Independent Online
LEADING SHARES fell slightly, breaking a three-day rising streak as jitters set in ahead of today's key US and UK inflation data. The FTSE 100 eased to end 9.7 pointslower at 6,235.4. Lloyds TSB and other rate- sensitive bank stocks were the biggest negative influence, wiping 10.2 points off its value. An unusually large number of stocks trading ex- dividend also weighed on the FTSE, including BT whose 2.1 per cent fall wiped 6.4 per cent off the index's value.

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