London stocks fall as weak earnings weigh; Cineworld slumps

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* FTSE 100 down 0.9%, FTSE 250 drops 1.1%

Sept 24 (Reuters) - UK shares dropped on Thursday as fresh pandemic curbs threatened to derail a rebound in economic activity, while cinema operator Cineworld tumbled after warning it may need to raise funds to weather the crisis.

The FTSE 100 index fell 0.9%, with travel and leisure stocks declining the most due to fresh curbs on movement and social gathering.

The mid-cap index lost 1.1%, with Cineworld tumbling 14.3% - on track to record its biggest single-day fall in nearly five months, as it swung to a first-half loss.

Pub owner Mitchells & Butlers fell 3.82% after it said total sales for the 51 weeks ended Sept. 19 dropped 35% due to store closures and a sharp slump in demand amid widespread restrictions. (Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)


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