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Miners racked up strong gains on Friday, with cigarette companies sparking higher too.
Credit Suisse downgraded Burberry to 'neutral' from 'outperform' on Friday and cut it target price to 2,100p from 2,200p as the luxury retailer is "lacking near-term catalysts" and signs the momentum in luxury goods demand may fade.
Uber is in early-stage talk to buy Deliveroo to boost its food delivery services, news that sent Just Eat shares sagging to a one-year low.
UK government borrowing was higher than expected last month, official figures have showed, but is sill on course to allow the Chancellor plenty of leg room to increase spending in his coming Budget.
SIG blamed a 22% fall in profits in the first half of the year on poor weather and fewer people moving home as the building products supplier said it was accelerating its transformation process to meet full year targets.
London stocks finished at a 10-day high on Thursday, lifted by miners, retailers and financials, while the pound given a boost by an unexpected jump in retail sales last month and Brexit hopes.
Life insurers were in the pink again on Thursday, while the retailers were flat despite strong industry data.
Burberry shares were hit as suited and booted City analysts cast their eye over the London Fashion Week debut of the fashion house's new creative director, Ricardo Tisci.
An auction to decide the buyer of Sky will be decided by Saturday evening after the battle between 21st Century Fox and Comcast reached a stand-off.
Ryanair chairman David Bonderman survived an investor vote on Thursday, though received a slight 'bloody nose' from shareholders.
Diageo has been buffeted by "increased volatility in some markets" and heightened emerging market foreign exchange instability in recent weeks, which will results in a £45m hit to profits.
UK retail sales unexpectedly jumped last month, with increases across all sectors except food and clothing.
Aston Martin has confirmed pricing for its London initial public offer that would give the luxury carmaker a valuation of up to £5. 07bn and propel it into the upper echelons of the FTSE 250.
IG Group found it hard to match up to the speedy start seen last summer, with the online trading provider's revenues down 5% in the first quarter of its current financial year.
Peer-to-peer lender Funding Circle said it hoped to raise around £300m when it floats in London in an offer open to institutional and private investors.
A rise in copper prices drove gains for miners on Wednesday, while utilities companies led on the downside.
Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to reject an improved European Union offer to solve the issue of the Irish border post Brexit, reports stated on Wednesday, knocking the pound back from its seven week high.
Games Workshop declared another dividend after the tabletop gaming chain generated "strong" levels cash in the first quarter of its financial year.
Profits at Kingfisher fell 30% in the first half of the DIY retailer's financial year as problems in France overshadowed a solid performances in the UK.
The Financial Conduct Authority has closed its remaining investigations into firms over the fair treatment of longstanding customers in the life insurance sector, sending shares in Prudential and Quilter higher.