Retail shares weighed on the FTSE as a survey indicated non-food gross sales had fallen for the reason that begin of the yr.
The newest British Retail Consortium survey mentioned non-food gross sales fell zero.eight% within the January to March interval, as customers centered on shopping for necessities.
Shares in Subsequent dropped 1.1% in early commerce whereas Marks and Spencer was down zero.75%. The FTSE 100 index fell 10.08 factors to 7,338.86.
Within the FTSE 250, JD Sports activities rose three.four% after it posted an enormous rise in income.
Robust demand for its sportswear ranges was behind an 81% enhance in pre-tax income final yr to £238.4m.