Leading shares continued their volatile week, falling for the second day running, but ending off their worst levels.
Ahead of the US Federal Reserve minutes and the start of the US reporting season with Alcoa, investors remained concerned about prospects for the global economy in the wake of poor German data on Tuesday and the IMF cutting its growth forecasts. Weak Chinese service sector data did not help matters.
The troubles in Ukraine and Iraq also unsettled the markets, while the spread of the Ebola virus to Spain continued to hit the travel sector.
via The Guardian