London equities dipped at the start of trading on Wednesday, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.13 percent at 6,504.30 points.

Elsewhere, Germany's DAX 30 was almost unchanged at 8,056.51 points after falling fractionally and the Paris CAC 40 dropped 0.09 percent to 3,840.24 compared with Tuesday's closing levels.

London shares closed higher on Tuesday boosted by better-than-expected earnings from US aluminium giant Alcoa and with the eurozone agreeing to release billions of euros in fresh aid for Greece.