The UK services purchasing managers' index - a closely-watched indicator of performance - hit its lowest level since February 2013 in April, heightening fears that the forthcoming UK referendum on EU membership is putting the economy under pressure.
Trinity Mirror shares rose after it closed the New Day, despite the publisher of the Mirror and dozens of regional newspapers suffering a tumble in print advertising of almost a fifth in first four months of the year.
Home deliveries and strong sales of takeaway sandwiches have helped Morrisons achieve its second consecutive quarter of underlying growth after nearly four years of declines.
LONDON European stocks and oil prices snapped a four-day losing streak on Thursday and a rally in bond markets fizzled out as investors began to position themselves for U.S.
London / Johannesburg: Barclays Plc said it sold about one-fifth of its stake in Barclays Africa Group Ltd. for about 13.1 billion rand ($879 million) as part of Chief Executive Officer Jes Staley's plan to overhaul the British lender.