European shares have opened lower for the third consecutive day after Japan led Asian indices lower overnight.
The FTSE 100 was down 0.2% at 5,797 in early trading, with the EuroStoxx 50 also opening 0.2% lower before trading flat on the day at 270 as of 9:30am.
Earlier Japan's Nikkei closed at a two-month low of 8,596 having shed 2% overnight amid ongoing concerns over the impact of its territorial dispute with China.
US shares also closed lower, the S&P 500 falling 1% to 1,441 and the Dow dropping 0.8% to 13,473.
Aluminium producer Alcoa kicked off the Q3 earnings season by beating analysts' forecasts, but expectations remain that corporate results for the quarter will disappoint.
In the UK, the FTSE's largest faller was Smith & Nephew, down 2.75%. The medical equipment firm is one of a number of stocks going ex-dividend today.
Defence company BAE Systems also opened lower, down 0.9% as rumours swirled that its proposed merger with EADS is on the verge of collapse.
Banks and miners rose, however, with Lloyds Banking Group leading the way with a rise of 3.6% to 38.4p in early trading.
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