Fears over the UK's continuing energy security were fuelled today after a report claimed Britain came dangerously close in March to its gas supply running out and its lights being switched off.
The blue-chip index fell 2.1pc to close at 6696.79 on Thursday. The FTSE 100 ended Wednesday at just 90 points shy of the record close of 6930.2 it reached during the 1999 dotcom boom.
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Mortgage approvals edged up in April, with banks expecting to sign off more loans to would-be homeowners as schemes to help first-time buyers take root.
BRUSSELS--Europe must create a single resolution mechanism backed by a common pool of money to help wind down struggling banks, European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said Friday.