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Around the World's Markets: Tokyo

JAPAN'S STOCK market slid as investors fretted over the impact the preliminary ruling against Microsoft may have on Wall Street.

The Nikkei-225 finished 113.92 points or 0.62 per cent down at 18,240.98. But high-technology shares remained in the market's favour, despite the worries about Microsoft.

Fujitsu rose 5.43 per cent, while Sony shares firmed 2.11 per cent. "Other sectors aren't looking very exciting at the moment," said one analyst.