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UK bank shares in fresh falls

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UK banking sector shares were down in Tuesday trading, following on the back of sharp falls on Monday.

Royal Bank of Scotland shares fell 11%, having plunged 67% on Monday after the bank had predicted a record loss.

Lloyds Banking Group - which had fallen 34% on the first day after it completed the acquisition of HBOS - was down a further 31%.

On Monday the government announced of a second package of measures to help the banking sector.

The plan includes an insurance scheme to cover bad debts held by banks and a 50bn fund to allow the Bank of England to lend money directly to businesses.

Barclays was down 17% while HSBC lost 3.2%.

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