The FTSE 100's struggles continues until close on Friday, the index dropping 68.4p, or 1.08%, to 6291.2.
Alliance & Leicester, down 41p to 607p and Kingfisher, down 9.5p, or 5.19%, to 173.6p had particularly poor days.
The fightback was led by Vedanta Resources, up 77p, or 3.88%, to £20.60, 3i Group, up 25p to £10.44 and Scottish & Southern Energy, up 35 points, or 2.2%, to £16.25.
In the US, the Dow Jones climbed 47.47 points, or 0.36%, to 13157.52.
Hewlett Packard was the day’s top winner, climbing 0.95 points to 49.85. It was followed by McDonalds, up 1.06 points to 58.24, and AT&T, up 0.72 points to 40.09.
However, Honeywell, down 1.14 points to 55.77, and JPMorgan Chase, down 0.84 points, or 1.93%, to 42.69, kept the index in check.
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