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.
Copper rose in New York after manufacturing expanded at a faster-than-projected rate in China, the biggest consumer of industrial metals, bolstering the outlook for demand.
Debenhams has announced a 24% drop in profit for its full year of trading, but its multichannel development continues - including a new range of delivery options in time for Christmas.
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 firms BP and GDF Suez have discovered a "notable" new oilfield in the UK Central North Sea, flow-tested at a maximum 5,350 barrels per day.