Friday saw retailers the top rising sector on the back of final results from high street bellwether Next, while life insurers and banks were the main fallers.
Miners and oil equipment stocks gave back their gains from the previous session amid concerns ahead of the expected announcement by the US of tariffs on $50bn-worth of Chinese goods.
The industrial engineering sector led the way on Tuesday, while oil equipment & services was dropping like a stone.
Technology stocks paced losses in London at the start of the week, much as on the other major international bourses.
Life insurers led the charge on Wednesday, while oil services companies were the main drag on the London equity markets.
The food producers sector was the worst performing in London on Tuesday, as the FTSE 100 ended over 1% lower.
The electricity sector was the worst performing on Monday, contributing to a decline in London's main equity index, while industrial metals & mining maintained some upward pressure.
Oilers and Miners paced gains at the end of the week as a solid US jobs report for the month of February stoked buying interest in copper and oil futures.
Cyclicals were to be found among both the best and worst performing sectors on Monday, with broker commentary the main driver against the backdrop of a generally 'up' market as the key gauges on services activity in the States, compiled by ISM and IHS Markit, pointed towards solid growth ahead for the sector.
GKN led the automobiles & parts sector on Wednesday as the war of word with unwanted suitor Melrose Industries continued.
The media sector was the highest riser on Tuesday, led by a 20% rise for Sky's shares as US cable network Comcast tabled a rival bid to that agreed with 21st Century Fox.
Rising metals prices gave a leg-up up to stocks including Ferrexpo among the risers and saw Evraz hit an intraday 52-week high before tailing off. Miners were generally on the up as the decline in the dollar helped drive a rise in metals prices.
The US Department of Energy's inventory figures for the week ending 16 February showed oil inventories in the States declined by 1. 6m barrels a day as net imports (exports minus imports) shrank by roughly 1. 59m b/d, pushing net imports below the 5. 0m barrel a day mark for the first time since 1992, alongside flat domestic production.
Cyclicals were clearly in demand on Thursday, with Industrial Metals&Mining and Mining towards the top of the leaderboard as the US dollar gave back some of its recent ill-gotten gains and the start of the Lunar New Year holidays saw some Asian sellers come out of base metals markets for a time.
Industrial metals topped the leaderboard, alongside a solid performance from most mining names.
Like the day before, it was some of the more defensive issues in the market that bore the brunt of selling despite the rout in equities worldwide, with recent slight shifts in expectations for policy tightening by the Federal Reserve in 2018 apparently triggering a sharp rise in stockmarket volatility as government bonds markets in the US, and elsewhere, came under pressure.
AstraZeneca led the pharmaceuticals sector higher on a choppy day for the stock, as investors weighed up news of a US legal dispute with Array BioPharma against its full-year results.
Royal Mail was leading the industrial transportation sector higher, after it reached agreement with the Communications Workers Union regarding the company's ten-month-long dispute with the trade body over plans to replace its defined benefit pension scheme.
Chemicals were leading the charge into the green on the London bourse today, after Johnson Matthey announced the sale of its automotive battery systems business to US power company Cummins.