Early struggles on the FTSE 100 continued throughout the day as the index finished 25.5 points, or 0.39%, on 6524.10.
Mining firm Antofagasta was the biggest loser, finishing down 22 points, or 3.91%, to close on 541p.
It was closely followed by BHP Billiton, one of the morning’s early strugglers, which finished down 44 points, or 3.52%, to £12.05, and Xstrata, which finished down 95 points, or 3.39%, to close on £27.05.
However, it was a positive day for Friends Provident, which finished up 16.25 points, or 8.39%, to close on 210p.
Hammerson, up 105 points, or 6.7%, to close on £16.73, and Ent Inns, up 25 points, or 3.62%, to 715p, also had positive days.
In the US, the Dow Jones slipped a disappointing 125.23 points, or 0.94%, to 13237.64.
Among a sea of red the few winners included IBM, which is up 0.31 points, or 0.3% to 104.69.
But the market was dragged down by some big losers, including Alcoa, down 1 points, or 2.58%, to 37.73.
In addition, Du Pont was down 1.23, or 2.38%, to 50.38. Other losers included Merck, J P Morgan and Caterpillar.
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