Traders in London

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London’s main shares dipped in early Thursday buying and selling, with the losers’ record dominated by firms which have gone ex-dividend.

Drugmaker AstraZeneca led the downward development, shedding 2.7%.

Imperial, Royal Dutch Shell and BP additionally took a flip for the more severe after buying and selling with out entitlement to their newest dividend pay-out.

Total, the benchmark FTSE 100 index of prime shares was down eight.81 factors or zero.12% at 7,293.60.

Within the wider FTSE 250, defence group Cobham’s shares plunged 21.6% after it issued a brand new revenue warning, its fifth in two years.

On the foreign money markets, the pound was zero.19% increased against the dollar at $1.2486 and regular against the euro at 1.1755 euros.