London's FTSE 100 index slipped on Monday as weak German economic data weighed on banking shares, offsetting a surge in travel operators and airlines after the collapse of the world's oldest travel firm Thomas Cook.
Britain's exporter-heavy blue-chip index lost ground as sterling hit multi-month highs after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that a Brexit deal is still possible.
* Tobacco giants among biggest drags on FTSE 100
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A rebound in bank stocks after the U.S. Federal Reserve adopted a guarded stance on future interest rate cuts lifted London's blue-chip index on Thursday, while clothing retailer Next wilted after a disappointing start to autumn trading.
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London's main share index weakened on Wednesday, underperforming its European peers ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve rate decision, with home improvement retailer Kingfisher falling the most on the bourse as it struggled to lift its earnings.
British auto dealer Pendragon cancelled its dividend and issued a dismal forecast for the year after deep price cuts to offload used car inventory pushed it to a first-half loss and sent shares down 13% on Wednesday.
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Britain's blue-chip index ended flat on Tuesday as losses in oil major BP, triggered by a report that Saudi Arabia's output could be back up quicker than expected, were countered by gains in so-called defensive sectors.
Britain's blue-chip index dropped on Monday as non-oil stocks took a hit from mounting geopolitical risks and growth concerns after crude prices rose due to the attacks on Saudi Arabian production facilities.