Stocks on the other side of the Channel traded lower for the most part, with the heaviest selling to be seen among Spanish issues ahead of a speech by Catalan president Carles Puigdemont scheduled for later in the day.
US carmaker Ford Motor will move away from producing traditional cars in favour of trucks and SUVs, its new CEO has said.
Social media giant Facebook’s UK tax bill rose to £5. 1m in 2016 after it diverted much of its advertising income through the country from Ireland.
Stocks on Wall Street are taking a breather following a record run and ahead of a speech from the head of the US Federal Reserve scheduled for later in the session.
US-based generic and speciality pharmaceuticals company Mylan announced on Tuesday that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved two doses of its generic equivalent to Teva's drug Copaxone, which generated $1. 02bn worth of sales in the second quarter of 2017, used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.
US services sector activity strengthened further in September, a closely followed survey indicated on Wednesday, with a slight easing in the rate of growth that was expected due to disruption caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Private sector employment in the US rose more than expected in September, according to data released by ADP on Wednesday.
The European Commission has referred Ireland to court for failing make Apple pay back taxes worth up to €13bn, in an illegal state aid case disputed by both the company and state.
European competition authorities have demanded Amazon pay around €250m of unpaid tax to Luxembourg after finding the US retail giant's tax structure amounted to illegal state aid.
US stocks looked set for a slightly softer open on Wednesday as investors take a breather following a record run and look to some key services and jobs data.
Markets in Asia finished mixed on Wednesday, with a number of markets still closed for public holidays, after Wall Street put in a solid showing in its Tuesday session overnight.
King Felipe of Spain has launched a scathing criticism of Catalan authorities in the aftermath of the controversial independence referendum in the region on Sunday.
Uber's board of directors approved a massive investment Japanese telecommunications group Softbank on Tuesday evening along with a number of changes to the board itself and a commitment to launch an initial public offer by 2019.