London (AFP) - London's leading share index slipped at the start of trading on Thursday following losses in Asian markets and after closing up the previous day.
The benchmark FTSE 100 index edged down 0.09 percent to 6,824.60 points in opening deals compared with Wednesday's closing level.
In Asia, Tokyo fell 0.48 percent, or 74.96 points to 15,459.86, with investors unable to build on the previous day's advances.
Shanghai gave up 0.62 percent, or 13.65 points, to end at 2,195.82.
The FTSE had closed higher Wednesday with global markets on a general uptrend as the US economy shows regular signs of getting back on track.
On Wall Street the S&P, which ended above 2,000 for the first time Tuesday, ticked up 0.10 points to another record Wednesday, while the Dow edged 0.09 percent higher.
In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 fell Thursday 0.26 percent to 9,545.21 points and the CAC 40 index in Paris dropped 0.22 percent to 4,385.71.