(Open): Shares were given a boost in early trade after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) surprised markets by announcing more stimulus measures.
The UK Government has said that it will pay off part of the UK's First World War debt by refinancing bonds issued in 1917. The Treasury said it will redeem �218m of the �2bn of debt outstanding from the 1914-18 war.
Britain's banks will be forced to maintain significant financial safety nets under rules announced on Friday that industry leaders say could raise the cost of mortgages and penalise building societies.
Consumer confidence in the UK declined for a second straight month in October as Britons still remain pessimistic about the economy.
SuperGroup's chief executive said the clothing retailer will not start discounting, despite warning that it would miss its full-year profits by as much as 17 per cent due to unseasonably warm weather in the past two months.