CONCERNS over a slowdown in Chinese demand for commodities dragged mining shares lower.
Rio Tinto and Anglo American fell 107p to 3592p and 42p to 1455p, while Antofagasta and BHP Billiton weakened 25½p to 949p and 35½p to 1387½p.
Record annual revenue of £661 million and an improvement in second half margins lifted retirement builder McCarthy & Stone 9¾p to 157p. A solid trading update boosted
Bovis Homes 30p to 1135p. Aerospace and defence components supplier Meggitt flew 9p higher to 481¾p as it stayed on track to hit annual forecasts and said chief executive Stephen Young would retire next April after five years. Tools and equipment hire firm
Speedy Hire gained 2¼p to 56½p after half-year adjusted pre-tax profit jumped 58.8 per cent to £10.8million, while a partnership with China’s biggest wind turbine products maker Titan Wind Energy powered battery technology firm
Ilika 3p higher to 24p. Sports nutrition firm Science in
Sport was 5¾p healthier at 77¼p after a £15 million fundraising.