In London, shares fell slightly in early trade, down 7.75 (0.18%) to 4,417.79 as mining shares fell back.
The raw materials sector fell back after recent gains, with Kazakhmys down 5.93% and Rio Tinto lost 5.61%.
Sainsbury's shares fell 1.4% despite the firm announcing an 11% rise in underlying profits, down to 335.5p.
Catering firm Compass saw shares surge forward this morning after reporting a 40% rise in profits, up 7.51% to 357.75 points.
On Wall Street, markets saw mixed results as traders awaited crucial retail sales figures, with the Dow Jones up 50.34 points (0.6%) to 8,469.11.
Pharmaceuticals performed well as fears over swine flu persist, with Pfizer up 5.87% to $14.93, while Merck added 2.79% to $25.06.
General Motors shares plummeted as the prospect of bankruptcy draws closer, down a massive 20.83% to $1.14.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 climbed 41.88 points (0.45%) to 9,340.45 despite a 50% fall in Japan's current account surplus.Investment Week
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