(Open): Shares were given a boost in early trade after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) surprised markets by announcing more stimulus measures.
The UK Government has said that it will pay off part of the UK's First World War debt by refinancing bonds issued in 1917. The Treasury said it will redeem �218m of the �2bn of debt outstanding from the 1914-18 war.
Britain's banks will be forced to maintain significant financial safety nets under rules announced on Friday that industry leaders say could raise the cost of mortgages and penalise building societies.
Consumer confidence in the UK declined for a second straight month in October as Britons still remain pessimistic about the economy.
London's equity markets enjoyed a boost in early trade on Friday, picking up the momentum after strong gains in Asia, with airline group IAG leading the pack after better than forecast earnings.