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 Treasury select committee has today released its report on Project Verde, the Co-operative Bank's failed bid to buy 632 Lloyds branches.
The economic malaise enveloping the Eurozone is having a drag on UK manufacturing, with factory export orders falling at the fastest rate since January 2013 in the three months to October.
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.