U.K. stocks extended losses after data showed U.S. manufacturing contracted last month, fueling concern the economic recovery is slowing.
The benchmark FTSE 100 Index dropped 1.5 percent to 5,671.53 at 3:08 p.m. in London.
The Institute for Supply Management’s U.S. factory index fell to 49.6 in August from 49.8 a month earlier. Economists in a Bloomberg survey projected an August reading of 50, which is the dividing line between expansion and contraction.
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