In the UK, the FTSE 100 index has lost ground this morning, dropping 12.5 points to 4737.3.
Catering giant Compass Group reported slow second-half results, resulting in a net income of £127m compared with £128m a year earlier.
Compass has lost 11.5p or 4.5% to 229.5p, blaming unprofitable school-lunch contracts and costs for opening in-store restaurants for its poor returns.
Cairn Energy has also slipped 45p to 1492p.
But morning gains have been made by Enterprise Inns, lifting 16.5p to 679p while BAE Systems is up 3p to 250p.
Rentokil Initial said it recorded a profit fall of 12% in the first 10 months adding it will weaken further next year. As a result, the pest controller is down 6.25p to 143.75p.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average also lost 0.7% to 10,899.25 at the close in Tokyo early this morning, paced by computer part makers and retailer Ito-Yokado.
Tokyo Electron, a maker of semiconductor production equipment, shed 1.7% to 5,670 yen as the company earlier this month reported a drop in orders for equipment to make chips and displays.
Advantest Corp, the world's biggest maker of equipment used to test computer memory chips, was also down 1% to 7,680 yen.
Ito-Yokado, Japan's second largest general merchandise chain, dropped 1.7% to 4,080 yen, while Fast Retailing, a casual clothing chain, slipped 2.4% to 7,750 yen.
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced industrial production slid 1.6%, seasonally adjusted, from September.
And in the US, stocks declined as oil traded near $50 a barrel while the dollar lost further ground on major currencies.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 46.33 points to 10475.9 at close late last night led by Wal-Mart, losing $2.17 to $53.15 after revealing poor sales figures.
Caterpillar lost $1.64 to $91.16 while Eastman Kodak increased $0.32 to $32.49.IFAonline
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