By Josephine Mason
LONDON (Reuters) - British shares sank fell more than 1 percent to their lowest since March on Tuesday as a broad sell-off hit stocks across Europe, caused by a toxic mix of weak results, jitters over geopolitical tensions, Brexit, Italy's budget and cooling markets overnight.
The FTSE 100 <.FTSE>, on track for its worst monthly performance in a decade, was down 1.1 percent by 0941 GMT, after breaching technical support at 7,000 on the open.
European shares fell to their lowest levels in nearly two years after a disappointing batch of third-quarter results, particularly in the tech sector.
Pressure also returned after Asia's rally cooled amid renewed fears about the impact of the U.S.-China trade dispute, geopolitical tensions and the strength of earnings as peak earnings season arrives.
"We're back to where we were. We had a week of respite and now the market's resumed its focus on negative factors more than anything else," said Mike van Dulken, analyst at Accendo Markets.
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Net inflow of funds rose 15 percent in the first nine months, compared with 21 percent growth in the first half.
"Q3 must have been a lot slower to average out. The growth of inflows in the third quarter must have slowed considerably," van Dulken said.
"It all plays into consumer and investor uncertainty," he said, pointing to weakness in Hargreaves Lansdowne
The financial sector knocked 21 points off the index. Energy stocks were hit by lower oil prices.
Gambling stocks were under pressure again after the Financial Times reported that UK chancellor Philip Hammond is considering cracking down on foreign taxes. GVC Holdings were bottom of the FTSE, down 5.4 percent.
The FTSE 250 midcap index <.FTMC> was down 1.8 percent at its lowest since February last year, led by financials.
Among the few risers was Travis Perkins
(Reporting by Josephine Mason, editing by Larry King)