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Britain's FTSE easier on growth concerns

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Britain's top shares index edgedlower in early trade on Wednesday, tracking falls on Wall Streetand in Asia on concerns over the global growth outlook, and withinvestors looking to third-quarter corporate earnings for freshdirection.

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

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

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

(Reporting by Jon Hopkins; Editing by Toni Vorobyova)

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