More pessimism in the US also with the Dow Jones sinking below the 17,000 threshold to 16,987.5, partly on Fed interest rate anxiety.
We start with bad retail news: Phones 4U, owned by private equity firm BC Partners, is on the cusp of going into administration with more than 5,500 jobs at risk - the consequence of EE failing to renew its contact with the company, following a similar move from Vodafone.
Originally Phones 4U was started by businessman John Caudwell who subsequently went to sell it for £1.5bn. The company has remained profitable but says the business cannot survive if network operators fail to supply; it's thought the terms put forward by the retailer may have been rejected.
All mobile contracts bought through the company - it has 720 outlets in total - should not be hit by the news. 02 cut its connection with the company earlier in the year.
TUI Travel shareholders will receive a second interim dividend of 20.5 pence per share to include 10.5 pence per TUI Travel Share in lieu of a final dividend for 2013/2014. TUI AG shares though have under-performed against the broader market since the merger was mooted.
The move should, says TUI Travel chief exec Peter Long, "future-proof our combined business by enhancing the certainty of long-term Unique Holiday growth, and by reinforcing our competitive advantage through further control over the end-to-end customer experience".
Lastly, LondonMetric Property has announces an acquisition on behalf of its Metric Income Plus Partnership plus selling two wholly owned assets with a total transaction value of £23.4 million.
Its joint venture with Universities Superannuation Scheme has exchanged contracts to acquire Liskeard Retail Park in Cornwall for £9.0 million, reflecting a net initial yield of 6.2%. The 43,800 sq ft retail park is let to Homebase, Pets at Home and Argos at average rents of £13.45 per square foot.
At Crawley, LondonMetric has sold its Forest House office to Mayfair Capital on behalf of the Property Income Trust for Charities for £12.9 million plus Carpetright and Topps Tiles units adjacent to its Launceston Retail Park for £1.5 million.
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