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By close the FTSE-100 index was off 40.8 points at 5,120.
The techMARK index was off 38.83 at 1,522.15 mirroring losses in New York, where investors continued to show nervousness over technology and pharmaceutical stocks.
Debenhams showed the most strength in the mid-caps today, leading the FTSE-250 with a 19.5p gain to 374.5p.
The big surprise was Marconi, however, given the general anti-technology sentiment, as it put on 2.4p to 48.9p following the announcement of an internet phone deal with BT.
In the FTSE-100, three of the five top losers were TMT stocks: phone company mmO2, software developer Sage, and chip developer Arm - down 4.25p to 87.25p, 10.25p to 232.25p and 14.75p to 358.5p respectively.
EMI was the surprise gainer of the day, following an upbeat trading statement regarding Christmas sales of recorded music.
It ended up 11p at 361p.
More than half of people over the age of 55 see financial security as a top priority in retirement, yet a third allocate more time to buying a new car, research from Legal & General (L&G) has found.
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