London - UK shares slipped early on Tuesday as a rebound for gold miners after a hammering in the previous session failed to offset a fairly mixed set of corporate results and lingering concern over commodity price falls.
Data released on Tuesday also showed UK public finances improved less than expected in June.
The FTSE 100 index was down 0.1 percent at 6,761.33 points at 08h28 GMT, broadly in line with pan-European equities. While receding fears around Greece have helped UK and European stocks rally in recent weeks, UK equities remain below their June peak.
Two top performers on Tuesday were gold miners Fresnillo and Randgold, up 1 to 2.5 percent after a slump in gold prices on Monday wiped out more than $8 billion from the gold-mining sector's equity market capitalisation.
Gold prices on Tuesday stabilised just above a five-year low though some investors still see further price falls.