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 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.
Crude oil prices have been under heavy pressure over the last few months, falling to their lowest levels in years. Recent trading action, however, suggests the slide may be over and a rebound possible.
Cuadrilla's plans to frack for shale gas in Lancashire have suffered further delay after council planners requested an extra two months to consider its proposals.
The SFO is paying �6m compensation to Vincent Tchenguiz after a botched raid in a now collapsed investigation relating to the 2008 banking crisis.