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Internet access required. Premier Direct Current Account London Lite Monday, 27 July 2009 31 * Calls cost 75p/min from a BT landline & last approx 1 min per quote. Not all stocks are available Inbrief Flying Footsies still on a winner l SHARES in London extended their gains into an 11th day, leaving the FTSE 100 index of top companies on course to match its longest winning streak. The FTSE 100 rose 6.13 points to 4582.74, pushed higher by mining and oil stocks. The index has risen 11% since 11 July, adding 110 billion to the value of the UKs biggest listed companies. Friends rebuffs Resolution bid l LiFE assurer Friends Provident today dismissed the latest bid offer from Resolution as wholly inadequate. Resolution offered 0.82 of its shares for every Friends share, valuing the company at 74.6p a share, or 1.7 billion. Although the offer included a 500 million sweetener for retail shareholders, it was seen as totally inappropriate by Friends. Beazley benefits from disasters l LLoydS of London insurer Beazley today delivered its best- ever first-half results as the cost of buying protection against natural disasters such as hurricanes rose. Profits jumped from 46 million to 69.9 million in the first six months of the year, although they were down 55% to 20.1 million after currency fluctuations were taken into account. VW mulls raiser for Porsche deal l CARmAKER Volkswagen was today looking at raising 4 billion (3.5 billion) of funds as part of its plan to buy Porsche. VW, Europes largest carmaker, will look into Porsches books and is thought to be keen to keep its solid credit rating after the buy. Rating agencies fear high levels of debt at Porsche could damage VWs credit profile. A raiser could ease these fears. Fans facing a price bombshell for Call of DutyAction-packed: Modern Warfare 2 is the latest offering in the Call of Duty franchise Australia Dollars 1.9190 Canada Dollars 1.7154 Denmark Kroner 8.2455 Eurozone Euro 1.1111 Hong Kong Dollars 12.1500 Japan Yen 149.0700 New Zealand Dollars 2.3453 South Africa Rand 11.9700 Sweden Kronor 11.8400 Switzerland Francs 1.6890 UAE Dirham 5.6933 United States Dollars 1.5775 TouRisT RaTes DOWN 1.36 at 4575.25 FTse 100 DoW joNes Nikkei -$ UP 23.95 at 9093.24 UP 144.11 at 10,088.66 UP 0.18 at $1.6441 >>For all the latest City share prices, call 0905 817 1694* or visit * Calls cost 75p/min from a BT landline & last approx 1 min per quote. Not all stocks are available BY lucY toBin Guns, bombs and bullets arent the worst modes of attack being thrown at video gamers this summer. The industry is being rocked by the news that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, one of the most hotly anticipated titles of the year, is to be sold for 55 -- a rise of 10 on the usual price. Fans will have to wait to discover whether other gaming companies follow the move by Activision, the publisher behind the price rise. Analysts said that industry experts will be watching closely to see whether the game will continue to be successful, despite the price rocketing up by nearly 20%. This is very much an experiment by Activision, but also the games industry as a whole, said Johnny Minkley, the editor of Eurogamer TV, an online video website. Modern Warfare 2 is arguably the biggest release of the year, and Activision is asking, can we get away with charging a tenner more? unless theres a significant consumer back- lash, I wouldnt be surprised if others followed suit, he added. Modern Warfare 2 is the latest offer- ing in the massively popular Call of Duty franchise. Players take on the role of special Forces soldiers, par- ticipating in fictional, modern-day wars across the Middle East and former soviet states. The last instalment, Call of Duty 4, sold 7 million copies, making it the highest-selling game of 2007, The gaming industry has been a recession success story, growing by 42% last year. Game sales were worth 4.6 billion, compared to 4.5 billion for music and video combined in 2008, according to the latest figures from Verdict Research. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html