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Turmoil on stock markets persists

Instability on the stock markets has continued, despite better-than-expected US jobs figures.

There have been sharp falls in the past 24 hours amid a crisis of confidence due to the eurozone debt crisis and concerns about weak economic recovery in the US and Europe.

A fall in the US jobless rate caused the US markets to open higher and gave temporary relief to European indexes.

But London's FTSE and Frankfurt's Dax were soon down about 2% again.

John Moylan reports.