FTSE 100 falls to one-month low

Business | 21 Jun 2021 3:30 pm

London's FTSE 100 index fell to its lowest level in a month on Monday, led by weakness in heavyweight mining and travel stocks, with investors weighing inflation concerns ahead of economic data and Bank of England's rate decision later in the week, Reuters reports.

The blue-chip index dropped by 0.8 percent to its lowest since May 19.

Travel stocks fell the most, down nearly 7.5 percent, while miners shed 1.7 percent.

Data last week showed Britain's inflation surged past its central bank's target in May, compared with the previous year, raising concerns that the Bank of England could pull back its monetary support later this week.

Britain's top central bank officials look set to remain divided this week over whether to pull the plug on their US$1.2 trillion government bond purchase programme.

The domestically focussed mid-cap index fell by 0.5 percent.

Among stocks, supermarket chain Morrisons surged by 29.8 percent as U.S. private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) is set to push ahead with its takeover pursuit.-Photo: Sky News



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