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.
The eurozone's continued economic stagnation and the crisis in Ukraine have been blamed for the decline in export orders, alongside the impact of the stronger pound.
Oil prices bounced off multiyear lows Thursday on signs of demand growth and news that Saudi Arabia cut its supply to the market in September.
Cuadrilla's plans to frack for shale gas in Lancashire have suffered further delay after council planners requested an extra two months to consider its proposals.
The SFO is paying �6m compensation to Vincent Tchenguiz after a botched raid in a now collapsed investigation relating to the 2008 banking crisis.