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Britain's FTSE easier on growth concerns

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Britain's top shares index edged lower in early trade on Wednesday, tracking falls on Wall Street and in Asia on concerns over the global growth outlook, and with investors looking to third-quarter corporate earnings for fresh direction.

At 0710 GMT, the FTSE 100 index was down 6.03 points, or 0.1 percent at 5,804.22, having shed 0.5 percent on Tuesday.

Alcoa kicked off the U.S. third-quarter earnings season after Wall Street's close on Tuesday. The group's third-quarter profit beat market expectations, despite weak prices, but it lowered its global aluminium consumption outlook for 2012 mainly due to a slowdown of demand in China.

Miners were firmer, taking some heart from the Alcoa numbers, with the sector also helped by fresh signs of pro-growth policies by top metals consumer China.

(Reporting by Jon Hopkins; Editing by Toni Vorobyova)

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Keywords: MARKETS BRITAIN STOCKS/OPEN