* FTSE 100, FTSE 250 down 0.6 pct
* Sainsbury's slumps after ditching Asda takeover
* Housebuilders dive after Taylor Wimpey's margin warning
* Production issues stump Acacia's core earnings
* Carpetright sky-rockets on upbeat Q4 (Adds news item, updates to closing prices)
By Shashwat Awasthi
April 25 (Reuters) - British shares closed in the red on Thursday as Taylor Wimpey's warning on margins triggered a sell-off among housebuilders while investors soured on Sainsbury's after the company scrapped its proposed takeover of Walmart's Asda.
Sainsbury's SBRY.L tumbled 4.7 percent to a near three-year low after the supermarket chain scrapped its proposed 7.3 billion pound takeover of Walmart-owned Asda WMT.N after the deal was blocked by Britain's competition regulator. failure of securing a merger with Asda leaves the group in a bit of a vacuum, with leadership and strategic uncertainties the byproduct of the CMA's rebuttal," Jefferies analysts said.
"Next week's numbers are likely to act as a wakeup call to refocus (on underlying business) and decide how to react to the continued erosion of their business to the likes of Aldi and Lidl," said CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson.
Taylor Wimpey TW.L shed 5.4 percent on its worst day in more than five months after it warned full-year margins would be slightly lower than last year as it cost more to build homes. blue-chip housebuilders slipped after the update from Britain's third-largest homebuilder. Persimmon PSN.L fell 2.6 percent, Barratt BDEV.L gave up 2.4 percent and Berkeley BKGH.L lost 1.6 percent.
Barclays' BARC.L first-quarter profits fell 10 percent as tough market conditions led to lower earnings at its under-pressure investment bank, sending shares down 3.6 percent on their worst day since November. trading ex-dividend also dragged the main bourse lower. Legal and General LGEN.L gave up 5.2 percent, while miners Antofagasta ANTO.L and Glencore GLEN.L shed 2.9 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively, despite higher base metal prices.
Acacia Mining ACAA.L shed 8 percent and hit a six-month low on the FTSE 250 after its quarterly underlying core earnings slumped amid production issues at its North Mara gold mine in Tanzania. headlines shifted the focus slightly away from Brexit, but uncertainty remained. Prime Minister Theresa May's deputy said the government wants to get parliamentary approval for her thrice-defeated Brexit deal before July, while the Conservative Party looks likely to demand a "clear roadmap" for May's departure if a deal is not approved. small stocks, flooring retailer Carpetright CPRC.L soared 83 percent on its best day ever as a significant improvement in quarterly UK like-for-like sales led investors to believe that its restructuring efforts were beginning to pay off.
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