MARKETS CLOSE: Footsie slides and pound dips to $1.32

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FTSE 100 closes down 20.99 points at 7379.70, as weaker prices in the mining sector hit the wider London index.
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Shepherd Neame, which owns around 327 pubs in the UK and brews its own beers, saw sales of its Whitstable Bay ale jump by 20.5 per cent in the year ended June 24.
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The FTSE 100 closed down 3.30 points at 7271.95, as major markets around the world traded flat ahead of the US Federal Reserve interest rate decision this evening.
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The ONS revealed that retail sales in August 2017 increased by 1 per cent compared with July - compared to an expected 0.2 per cent - and were up by 2.4 per cent versus August 2016.
The embattled chain's finances took a hit amid the launch of a costly new website and 'significant discounting' across its ranges.
Across Kingfisher's portfolio, group sales increased from £4.5million to £6billion in the first half, but in the UK and Ireland, sales dipped 0.4 per cent to £2.6billion.
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