FTSE 100 dips as mining shares continue to fall
(Close): A further slide in mining shares weighed on the UK's benchmark share index.
At close, the FTSE 100 was 39.28 points lower at 6,781.51. Anglo American shares fell 4.6% while BHP Billiton dropped 4.9%.
Mining shares have been hit as prices of commodities have come under pressure from a recent strengthening in the value of the US dollar.
Berkeley shares rose 3% after news of a pick-up in house prices.
The housebuilding sector was buoyed by news from Nationwide that the annual pace of house price rises accelerated to 5.6% in August from 5.2% in July.
Berkeley's shares were up despite the company facing the prospect of being demoted from the FTSE 100 index. Among other housebuilders, Bovis Homes rose 1.5% while Bellway was 0.5% higher.
Shares in supermarket group Morrisons fell 0.15% after Goldman Sachs cut its rating on the company to "sell".