11:30: The Footsie held onto gains as strong corporate earnings and hopes of further Bank of England stimulus kept investors buoyant.
Profits at BP have plunged 44 per cent after the oil giant battled with low prices and the continued fallout from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which took place over six years ago.
Britain's housing market is still under pressure from April's tax hikes and June's vote to leave the EU, with the number of home purchases last month firmly below levels seen last summer.
Amazon plans to test its delivery drones in Britain, meaning customers in the UK could soon receive their packages from the internet giant by air, rather than post.
Millions of customers face paying charges to deposit cash with Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest if the Bank of England cuts interest rates below zero.