(Bloomberg) -- U.K. stocks fell to their lowest level in eight weeks as investors weighed reports on U.S. retail sales and jobless claims amid concern the Federal Reserve will decide to pare its monthly bond purchases sooner than expected.

Sports Direct International Plc dropped the most in nine months after posting first-half pretax profit that missed analysts’ estimates. John Wood Group Plc tumbled 10 percent as the oil-services company said project delays may reduce its earnings from engineering next year. London Mining Plc lost 10 percent after lowering its full-year production forecast.

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