U.K. stocks fell for a second day, led by a decline in Anglo American Plc, BHP Billiton Plc and Antofagasta Plc on falling commodity prices.
The FTSE 100 Index lost 0.8 percent to 6,365.27 at the close in London, extending a decline after a report showed U.K. economic growth cooled while manufacturing contracted and construction shrank the most since 2012. The broader FTSE All-Share Index also retreated 0.8 percent, while Ireland’s ISEQ Index fell 1.2 percent.
Pearson Plc fell 4.1 percent after analysts at Citigroup Inc. said the company’s turnaround will be gradual. TalkTalk Telecom Plc rallied 13 percent, recovering from its worst decline in five years yesterday. Shire Plc jumped 6.9 percent after its dry-eye disease drug met its main goals in a study, paving the way for filing the drug to U.S. regulators next quarter.