15:20: The Footsie held onto gains in the afternoon session after Mario Draghi announced the European Central Bank was extending its asset purchases for another nine months, but at a reduced monthly rate of €60billion from April.
Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell has lambasted critics of the sportswear firm, saying an "extreme political, union and media campaign" has damaged its reputation.
The European Union (EU) has started legal action against seven nations. Four, including the UK and Germany, are under fire for failing to take action against Volkswagen for cheating emission tests.
House prices picked up pace in November and will keep rising in the months ahead, but a slowdown in activity next year will hurt the economy, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).
Sadiq Khan has invited union chiefs for “cups of tea” at City Hall even as they planned more strike action on the beleaguered Southern rail network, it emerged today.