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(Close): Falls in mining stocks pegged back the benchmark FTSE 100, which ended 4.2 points higher at 6,843.

Fresh worries over the strength of China's economy pulled the rug from Anglo American and Rio Tinto, both more than 3% down.

British Airways owner IAG, down 2.2%, suffered for a second day after Lufthansa's profits alert on Wednesday.

ITV rose 1.59% after the broadcaster said that World Cup advertising could be better than initially expected.

Elsewhere, shares in Argos and Homebase owner Home Retail Group had a mixed day after the firm posted an increase in sales.

After initially rising, the shares then fell back to close 4% down, despite the group saying it had seen an "encouraging" start to the year.

Underlying sales at Argos rose 4.9% in the 13 weeks to 31 May, while Homebase enjoyed a 7.9% sales increase.

On the currency markets, the pound rose 0.15% against the dollar to $1.6813 and climbed 0.06% against the euro to 1.2413 euros.