P506 Teletext 506 Nov 6 21:00:01    ———————  ————————————————  "WEDDING BELLS SOME WAY OFF" — HALIFAX Shareholders in the Halifax saw an initial surge in value amid report3 that the building society turned bank could merge with the Prudential. A merger would create a £36an company with interests from life assurance to mortgages and a total staff of 45,000. But the share price fell back after the bank indicated that wedding bells were some way off and passed off the rumours as "market speculation". ——————————————————————————————————————— Share index 510 Market report 517 Download and Analyse Share Prices on Your PC See p533-537 Next City diary Shares Family Finance