News by: Chris Marshall
Declines come as Fed QE tapering decision time draws ever closer.
Investors fret that the US Federal Reserve will soon start to cut back its stimulus programme after a breakthrough in budget talks.
FTSE 100 struggles to take off despite gains on Wall Street overnight and more mixed data on China's economy.
Mining companies weigh on FTSE 100 despite upbeat updates on the Chinese economy.
US jobless rate falls more than expected, while more jobs are added to the economy.
UPDATE: Shares slip lower after European Central Bank keeps policy on hold.
FTSE 100 fails to bounce higher after three down days. But Sage Group shoots up as investors welcome dividend rise.
European shares slip lower, but William Hill and Betfair among few winners in London.
FTSE 100 slips lower as investors prepare themselves for major economic updates later this week.