(Noon): The London market was up more than 1%, buoyed by strong company results and news of a stimulus boost from the Bank of Japan (BOJ).
Eurozone inflation rose slightly in October, but it was not enough to alleviate fears that the single currency could be heading for deflation.
One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced plans to repay some of the debt issued to help finance the conflict.
WPP founder Sir Martin Sorrell has warned that the Ebola epidemic, the rise of Islamic State and unrest in Hong Kong are �grinding down� confidence among major advertisers.
Household suppliers defend their refusal to slash bills in a year when gas costs have tumbled by almost a quarter. 11:54, UK, Friday 31 October 2014.