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(Close): Some weak economic data, together with reports about Russian military exercises near Ukraine's border, hit shares in Europe.

In London, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 53.87 points, or 0.81%, at 6628.61.

Similar falls were seen across Europe, with Germany's Dax index falling 0.65% and France's Cac 40 dropping 0.61%.

GDP figures from Italy showed the economy fell back into recession in the second quarter of the year.

Separate figures showed that German industrial orders in June recorded their largest monthly fall since September 2011, while the UK's manufacturing sector rose by a smaller-than-expected 0.3% in June.

Chris Beauchamp, market analyst at IG, said: "The conditions still seem to point towards more pain for equity investors, especially now the big name earnings are mostly out of the way.

"Ukraine should continue to be the big worry, especially if the US feels the need to comment publicly on Russian troop movements."

In London, Standard Chartered shares fell 0.70% after the bank released half-year results. Profits fell 20% - in line with previous guidance - but the bank also warned that it could face more US fines over its money-laundering controls.

Software group Sage was one of the better performers on the day, rising 0.71% after it announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Sage said Stephen Kelly, the former head of Micro Focus, would be its new chief executive, replacing Guy Berruyer.

On the currency markets, the pound fell a third of a cent against the dollar to $1.68340, and was down 0.13% against the euro at 1.2607 euros.