Most Asian markets fell Monday following another disappointing performance on Wall Street with investors growing concerned about an uptick in coronavirus infections in Europe and the United States, as well as the lack of movement in Washington on a new stimulus.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of major blue-chip companies shed 2.1 per cent to 5,882.30 points, compared with Friday's closing level.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 0.16% at 22,715.85, its lowest closing since July 17.
The FTSE 350 travel and leisure index, which was tracking its worst year in a decade with a 40% fall, was down 2.3% to its lowest in nearly a month. IAG fell to the bottom of London's bluechip index, while TUI was the worst performer on the mid-caps and On The Beach underperformed the small caps.
Dubai Financial Market (DFM) on Monday announced its financial results for the first half of the year ending 30 June 2020, registering a 21% increase in its net profit to Dhs78.9 million compared to Dhs65.1 million
The key Nikkei 225 index fell 1.15 per cent, or 260.27 points, to 22,397.11, extending its losing streak for a fourth trading day. The broader Topix index dropped 1.28 per cent, or 20.08 points, to 1,549.04.
The plunge in eurozone business activity caused by lockdowns imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus eased sharply last month as more businesses reopened and people ventured out, a survey showed on Friday.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.72 percent, or 160.52 points, to 22,306.48. It lost 0.91 percent over the week.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 1.9%, on track for its biggest one-day drop in a month, pushing it to a weekly loss for the first time in four weeks.