In London, the FTSE 100 closed down after metal prices fell, down 81.8 points, or 1.22%, to 6,630.9.
Unilever saw the biggest gains, up 31 points, or 1.92%, to £16.47, Marks & Spencer followed, up 9 points, or 1.42%, to 641.5p, and Reckitt Benckiser shares added 31 points, or 1.12%, to £27.91.
BHP Biliton shares fell by 60 points, or 3.89%, to £14.83, Lonmin shares dropped by 157 points, or 3.64%, to £41.54, and Anglo American lost 120 points, or 3.61%, to end the day on £32.04.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones declined in early trading as markets across the world fell, down 30.16, or 0.22%, to 13,619.81.
General Motors made the biggest gains, up 2.47% to 37.68. This was closely followed by Caterpillar, which saw shares climb 2.38% to 81.73, and Home Depot share rose by 0.7% to 40.51.
American Express lost 1.84%to 61.29, JPMortgan Chase saw shares fall by 1.74% to 47.94, and Wal-Mart shares declined by 1.51% to 47.77.
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