European stocks rose on Friday, taking their cue from gains on Wall Street as investors continued to keep an eye on trade developments, with gains in semiconductors helping to offset the impact of a very weak reading on euro area foreign trade.
The FTSE 100 ended the week 26. 34 points higher at 7,277. 70.
The electoral commission misunderstood the law surrounding donations from the pro-Brexit group Vote Leave to BeLeave founder Darren Grimes, according to a high court ruling on Friday.
London stocks finished higher on Friday, recovering from the previous session's drop, with housebuilders paring their losses and helped by a positive start to trading on Wall Street.
SafeChange: Barclays upgrades to overweight with a target price of 420p.
America's factories continued to hum along in August, boosted by output of business equipment and materials.
London's FTSE 250 was up 0. 45% at 20,334. 01 in afternoon trade on Friday, led by Investec and Kier.
Sports Direct founder and chief executive Mike Ashley has accused shareholders of “stabbing him in the back” and of “hounding” former chairman Keith Hellawell out of his job.
US retail sales slowed last month as US consumers pulled back on purchases of fashion and motor vehicles and parts.
Sears released second quarter results overnight that showed a fall in same-store sales and wider losses amidst a move to sell some of its business to combat liabilities and return to profitability.
Industrial transportation's sinking feeling was led by shipping broker Clarkson after Peter Anker, president of brokerage and investment banking, sold more shares.
Industrial stocks were big movers up and down, with transport stocks among the fallers, while industrial metals and engineers were on the rise.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey’s economic crisis and currency fluctuations had political reasons referring to the United States.
DCC racked up healthy gains on Friday as Berenberg said it remains one of its top picks in business services and as RBC Capital Markets highlighted a good buying opportunity following the company's capital markets day.
Analysts at Berenberg lowered their target price on Connect Group following the firm's uneasy trading update on Friday morning.
US consumer sentiment picked up more than expected in September, to a six-month high, according to a preliminary reading from the University of Michigan.
Markets in Asia finished Friday mostly in the green, with technology - and specifically semiconductor - plays boosted by positive sentiment around Apple’s new iPhone range announced in the US this week.
Rio Tinto said on Friday that Norway's Hydro has withdrawn its offer for the miner's aluminium assets.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 3% to 7,305. 37 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Multinational energy and services company Centrica on Friday appointed Richard Hookway to its board as chief executive of Centrica Business from 1 December.