17.21: The FTSE 100 snatched another positive result from the jaws of consumer gloom as good corporate results from the US lifted the UK index out of its earlier slump.
C&C Group, the Irish drinks company behind Magners cider, is trying to scuttle Greene King's �723m planned takeover of pubs group Spirit by making a rival higher offer.
HSBC/Markit's Flash Purchasing Managers' Index, the earliest indicator of economic activity in October, rose to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September.
This is the moment a woman passenger was dragged along an Underground platform after her scarf was caught in the doors of a departing Tube train.
The East Coast of the US is just a short hop across the pond but high air fares often keep many UK passengers closer to home. However, Icelandic airline WOW air has launched �99 flights from London to Boston and Washington DC.