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London stock market fall sharply in morning trade
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21:31, December 12, 2008

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The London stock market dropped sharply in Friday's early trade as investors reacted to news that the U.S. Senate had failed to agree to a bailout of U.S. carmakers.

The benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 105.29 points, or 2.40 percent, at 4,283.40 by 09:05 GMT.

Royal Bank of Scotland shares fell 13.8 percent, HBOS shares were down 10.1 percent and Barclays dropped 9.4 percent.

Mining shares also fell sharply. Anglo American dropped 6.4 percent while Vedanta Resources was down 7.9 percent.


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