Retailers sag as FTSE 100 slides

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London's stock market dipped at the finish on Tuesday after spending the day in positive territory.

The benchmark FTSE 100 ended the day down 11.05 points or 0.15% at 7,485.29.

Retailers Kingfisher and Marks and Spencer, which are both due to issue statements on Wednesday, were among those worst hit.

Kingfisher, which will put out a trading update, was the biggest loser, falling 2.4%, while M&S, which is to unveil full-year results, shed 2%.

Babcock was the biggest riser in the FTSE 100 on positive broker sentiment.

Shares in the support services group climbed 3% after Deutsche Bank issued a note suggesting the company's stock could rebound when it publishes results on Wednesday.

Severn Trent shares rose 1.8% after it said underlying pre-tax profits rose 4.3% to £525m, helped by fewer leaks following an investment programme.

On the currency markets, the pound was flat against the dollar to $1.3003 and was up 0.16% against the euro to 1.1585 euros.