London - Britain's top equity index fell on Tuesday, weighed down by a drop in mining stocks following mixed Chinese economic data, although drinks group SABMiller surged on a new bid proposal from rival ABI.
Royal Mail shares also retreated by 4.7 percent after the British government sold off the remainder of its stake in the company.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which fell on Monday to end an eight-day winning run, declined by 0.9 percent to 6,313.90 points.
The FTSE 350 Mining Index, which jumped 19 percent last week to record its best weekly performance in nearly seven years, fell 2.8 percent after the data from China, which is the world's biggest consumer of metals.
China's exports fell less than expected in September, with monthly figures showing recovery, but a sharper fall in imports left economists divided over whether the country's ailing trade sector is showing signs of turning around.