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Abbey would look at merger

Abbey National says it would consider acquisition or merger offers in the interest of shareholders if the right opportunities arose.

It also says it has a number of partnerships with product providers around Europe and would look at other link-ups. But it claims no specific plans currently on the table.

This statement comes following a series of events this month including Abbey&#39s shares following 25 per cent, a profit warning and losing its AA credit rating.

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