British banks the biggest fallers in early trading as concerns over the eurozone continue.
The heaviest faller was Costa Coffee owner Whitbread, which saw share price drop by 4.5% to 1,505p at 0811 GMT. Other early fallers included banks Barclays, down 2.6% to 176.75p, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, also dropping 2.6% to 20.03p, and Lloyds Banking Group, falling 2.5% to 23.8p.
Also at the bottom was Intercontinental Hotels Group, slipping 1% to 1,093p.
The biggest riser in early trading was miner Lonmin, which climbed 1.4% higher to 988.5p at 0801 GMT. It was joined at the top by property investment company Land Securities, which rose by 1.2% to 636.5p, and insurer Aviva, up 1% to 303.9p.
Gold miner Randgold Resources rose 0.9% to 6,715p, while Kazakhmys increased by 0.8% to 887p.
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