LONDON -- London took its lead from Wall Street, resulting in a sad session where buyers were on strike and market makers spent the day making down prices. There was some selling, but the volume was so weak that even a minor trade was enough to move a price significantly.


FTSE 100

closed 92.5 points lower, or 1.5%, at 6,123.8 and the


shed 99.0 points, or 2.7%, to 3,634.8.

Telecom stocks were the saddest sector of the day. The high cost of third-generation mobile phone licenses, fresh competition worries and continued gloom over the collapse in the KPN-Telefonica merger talks were enough to knock another 15p, or 5.6%, off

Vodafone AirTouch

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to 252 ($3.86).

British Telecom


surrendered 43p, or 4.3%, to 957 and

Colt Telecom


fell 149p, or 5.3%, to


BP Amoco


ended the session 19.5p lower, or 3.3%, at 577.5, with investors struggling to find anything in the latest quarterly earnings to get excited about, although most analysts seemed happy with the figures.


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was left slightly better placed at 538, up just a penny.

In tech stocks, the list of winners in the sector was short. The losers were headed by

Bookham Technology


, down 525p, or 13.2%, to

34.62, and

BATM Advanced Communications

slid 402p, or 8.7%, to


Baltimore Technologies


, despite promising revenue numbers for the first quarter, settled 333p lower, or 4.8%,


Media stocks were a mixed bag, with


up 79p, or 3.7%, to

22.04, but



down 76p, or 6.6%, to




tumbled 123p, or 7.5%, to

15.12, as

Lehman Brothers

lowered its price target for next year to


Most of Europe's continental stock markets also finished lower. The

Xetra Dax

in Frankfurt closed down 127.55, or 1.7%, at 7280.54 and the

CAC 40

in Paris ended 144.81 lower, or 2.2%, at 6369.61. The Neuer Markt's

Nemax All-Share

index finished down 122.03, or 1.9%, at 6400.62.

In Frankfurt,


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ended off 5.30 euros, or 3.6%, at 143.20 ($128.63),



closed down 6.32 euros, or 3.8%, at 160.00 and software maker


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finished 21.68 euros lower, or 3.3%, at 631.50.

Telecoms remained a focus around Europe after Japan's

NTT Docomo

announced it would take a 15% stake in Dutch telco



mobile unit for 5 billion euros. KPN finished down 8.20 euros, or 6.9%, at 111.30 as some investors felt the price too low and they are still smarting over the company's failed merger attempt with


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Deutsche Telekom

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closed down 4.50 euros, or 6.7%, at 62.50 and

France Telecom


ended 11.50 euros lower, or 7%, at 152.00.

German automaker


surged 1.51 euros, or 4.6%, to 34.25 after securing an agreement to offload its troubled Rover unit.



slipped 1.29 euros, or 2%, to 62.70 and



climbed 2.05 euros, or 4.4%, to 48.75 after posting good first-quarter results.