In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has lost about
The life assurance firm has declined 3p to 132.75p, along with Shire Pharmaceuticals group down 10.50p to 568p.
Rentokil Initial has advanced 5.25p to 164.25p. A bid from VC firm EQT Partners AB to purchase Danish cleaning company ISS A/S, has raised the stocks of other firms in the sector.
In Tokyo the Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 1.6% to 11,599.82, as the statistics bureau reported spending by households, headed by a salaried worker, dropped 4.1% from January, seasonally adjusted.
Retailer Ito-Yokado, declined 2.3% to 4,270 yen, while supermarket operator Aeon, dropped 1.1% to 1,805 yen.
Department store Mitsukoshi lost as much as 4.9% to 568 yen, after it said it probably had a wider annual loss than expected because of increased costs for job cuts and store closures.
A separate Government report also revealed retail sales fell 2.7% in February, as consumers cut spending on such items as clothing.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up 42.78 points to 10,485.65 points at its close late last night as a result of the drop in crude oil prices.
The prices in New York retreated to $53.68, after peaking at $56.15 on 17 March.
Boeing adding $1.30 to $58.10, along American Express up $0.81 to $51.09, lead the Benchmark.
On the losing side, General Motors again shed $0.93 to $2.37 at close.IFAonline
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