StockMarketWire.com - UK stocks opened lower on Friday, led down by airlines, after Britain slapped travel restriction on France, the Netherlands and Malta amid rising Covid-19 infections.

At 0824, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 47.76 points, or 0.8%, at 6,137.86.

Sentiment was also dampened by disappointing Chinese retail sales and industrial production data.

Budget airline EasyJet dropped 4.9% to 580.7p, even as completed a sale and leaseback of 23 aircraft for $771m, or about £608m, at the upper end of previous guidance of £500m-to-£650m.

Travelers coming from France, the Netherlands and Malta will have to self-quarantine in the UK for 14 days, from 0300 GMT on Saturday.

Ryanair fell 3.4% to 11.7c and British Airways-owner International Consolidated Airlines slid 3.8% to 196.55p.

Equities investor Murray International Trust shed 0.4% to 962.05p, having posted a negative first-half performance that missed its benchmark, though it held its dividend steady.

Murray International Trust' net asset value total return per share for the six months through June was negative 10.7%. It kept its dividend at 12p per share.

Property investor NewRiver REIT rose 5.4% to 64.4p on announcing that its rent collection continued to improve, with 80% of second-quarter rent having either been collected or had alternative payment terms agreed.

Fashion retailer Quiz rallied 14% to 7.1p after it agreed an extension of its existing banking facilities with HSBC, upping them to £3.5m, from £1.75m.

Security services provider Westminster added 1.7% to 9.15p as it swung to a modest first-half profit after the provision of safety and fever-screening systems for Covid-19 helped offset a collapse in the airline sector.

Brazil-focused miner Serabi Gold firmed 6.9% to 96.75p, having booked a higher first-half profit after lower costs and higher gold prices helped offset a fall in production owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lead, zinc and silver developer Europa Metals jumped 25% to 20.3p after it booked 40% increase in the indicated resource estimate at its Toral project in northwest Spain. Story provided by StockMarketWire.com