Indexes across Europe ended in the red again on Wednesday, although the FTSE 100 avoided a major drop thanks to rising oil and commodity prices.
They rubbed shoulders with Evraz, Antofagasta and Glencore, big mining companies that benefited from a rise in copper prices.
They helped push the FTSE 100 down by 0.25%.
The 17.57 point rise put the index at 7,016.49.
“With energy prices soaring across Europe, the economic outlook is starting to look increasingly uncertain, and while central banks are likely to take that into account, the fact remains that the rebound which was looking so solid a couple of months ago is starting to show signs of slowing markedly,” said CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson.
Travel groups were in the red, including British Airways owner IAG, airplane engine maker Rolls-Royce, and Holiday Inn and Premier in owners IHG and Whitbread.