Shares in the UK fell and the FTSE shed about 15 points to 4,804 this morning after new figures showed unemployment edged up in France last month.
The data reverses an improving trend, sparking fears economic recovery in the eurozone could come more slowly than hoped for next year.
The property sector is off after recent data in the UK on falling house prices.
Land Securities is down 16p to 1,394p.
British Land is off by 10p to 895.5p.
Intercontinental, the hotels operator, is down another 7p to 647p as investors continue to feel the fallout from its operations hit in Thailand and elsewhere by this week’s catastrophic tidal wave.
Dixons is up 1.25p to 151.75p ahead of the start of reports on New Year’s sales by a number of retailers, starting next week.
Vodafone is unchanged at 141p after announcing another tranche of shares bought back as part of a deal to return up to £4bn to shareholders. The company is also part of a 26-strong group of network operators and handset manufacturers that have agreed to cooperate on developing faster 3G services that could result in wireless high-definition video on demand services by 2009.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average index shed 28.89 points yesterday to close at 10,800.30 as investors cashed in on some of the gains made by a strong run in share prices since November.IFAonline
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