Around the World's Markets: London

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The Independent Online
IN QUIET, uneventful trading blue chips tended to mark time ahead of Thursday's decision on interest rates.

Footsie, at one time up nearly 50 points, ended 5.2 lower at 5,576.7 with the thin trading largely responsible for the downturn.

Imperial Chemical Industries was the best performing Footsie constituent, up 24p to 570p.

ScottishPower's pounds 4.7bn US deal was given the thumbs down as the shares responded with a 66p fall to 609p.

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