LONDON shares struggled to make headway today after most Asian markets reversed gains seen following news of the death of Osama bin Laden.
A stronger dollar made crude oil and other commodities more expensive and meant mining stocks dominated the fallers board in London.
In its first session since the extended holiday weekend, the FTSE 100 Index stood 7.1 points higher at 6077, with Randgold Resources among the heaviest fallers after a drop of 175p to 5045p.
A quiet start to the week shifted the focus on to chocolate retailer Thorntons, which slumped 9% or 7.4p to 72.9p after warning on profits.
The company said the hot weather put customers off buying chocolate and this meant same-store sales plunged 23% over the crucial Easter week. It now expects pre-tax profits to be between £3 million and £4.5 million for the year to June 25, compared with £6.1 million the previous year.
Shares in car dealership Lookers were 3% higher after veteran investor Jack Petchey confirmed his interest in a takeover bid for the Manchester-based business.
While Mr Petchey’s investment vehicle said Lookers had failed to provide it with information needed to make an offer, shares still rose 1.9p to 67.6p.