TAKING STOCK

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The Independent Online
First Choice, Britain's third-biggest tour operator, has finally reached a distribution deal with Lunn Poly, the country's largest travel agent with 797 outlets.

The three-year agreement covers First Choice's next season's winter and summer brochures. Shares in First Choice have been poor performers since recent interim results disappointed, but they closed 2p higher yesterday at 60p.

Card Clear, a supplier of card payment and fraud prevention services, ticked 2p higher to 34p.

The AIM-listed company has entered into a joint venture agreement with Masterchange, a retail foreign exchange bureau, to provide systems to protect against fraudulent transactions involving UK cheques and plastic payment cards.

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