London FTSE 100 shares end flat

A man walks past the London Stock Exchange, in central London, on September 22, 2011London shares ended subdued on Thursday as Europe began voting in parliamentary polls, while traders reacted to global economic data releases and company updates. Britain and the Netherlands kicked-off Europe’s mammoth parliamentary elections in a vote that is expected to see a swing towards populist right-wing parties. The elections, which are spread over four days in the EU’s 28 member states, are set to produce major gains for parties bent on dismantling the European Union from the inside. Gross domestic product was 3.1-percent higher in the January-March quarter compared with the first three months of 2013, also unchanged from an initial estimate, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement.