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Around the World's Markets: Tokyo

FRIDAY'S PROFIT warning from computer group Compaq hit Japanese shares, which tumbled more than 2 per cent yesterday. The Nikkei 225 closed 348.23 points lower at 16,507.40; June Nikkei futures fell 290 points to 16,560.

Technology stocks led the way down amid fears that Compaq's difficulties could indicate an industry-wide trend. Sony weakened 3 per cent and Softbank Corp 8.4 per cent. Masatoshi Sato at Kankaku Securities said a hi-tech "reality check" was needed.