Mining stocks drag down FTSE 100
(Close): London's FTSE 100 dipped in afternoon trading, with mining stocks dragging the index down.
At the close, the FTSE 100 was down 58.3 points or 0.95% at 6,104.19.
The downturn reversed an earlier rise in the wake of the Bank of England's inflation report and decision to leave interest rates unchanged.
The world's biggest caterer, Compass Group, was the best riser, up 1.6%.
Investors continue to digest its results, which were released on Wednesday and were better than expected.
Shares in companies that have just paid out their half-yearly dividend to shareholders tend to fall immediately, because new buyers will not receive that payment.