UK economic growth is "near stalling", partly due to uncertainty over the EU referendum, according to a survey. Research firm Markit said its closely-watched Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) surveys for April pointed to growth of just 0.1% in the month.
Trinity Mirror shares rose after it closed the New Day, despite the publisher of the Mirror and dozens of regional newspapers suffering a tumble in print advertising of almost a fifth in first four months of the year.
LONDON A huge wildfire near Canada's oil sands region and escalating tensions in Libya stoked concern among investors over a near-term supply shortage, driving crude prices up for the first time in a week on Thursday.
Barclays has recouped just over R13bn (�600m) from selling a chunk of its stake in its African subsidiary at a 7 per cent discount to the market price.
LONDON European stocks and oil prices snapped a four-day losing streak on Thursday and a rally in bond markets fizzled out as investors began to position themselves for U.S.