UK's FTSE 100 falls, BAT down after warning on costs

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FTSE 100 down 0.2%, FTSE 250 adds 0.1%

Dec 8 (Reuters) - UK's FTSE 100 was dragged lower by consumer staples stocks on Thursday after British American Tobacco warned of rising costs, while investors worried about the outlook for the economy.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 .FTSE fell 0.2%, while the FTSE 250 was up 0.1% by 08:14 GMT.

British American Tobacco BATS.L fell 1.9% after the cigarette maker said it expects finance costs to rise. The FTSE 350 Food, Beverage and Tobacco index .FTUB4510 fell 1%.

A Recruitment and Employment Confederation survey showed signs that demand for staff and pay growth eased in November, ahead of the Bank of England's rate hike decision next week.

DS Smith SMDS.L rose 2.1% after the cardboard maker said it expects annual performance to be ahead of its prior outlook on higher box prices and resilient demand from consumer goods companies.
Reporting by Johann M Cherian in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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