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Metals and miners fuelled the gains on Thursday, while electronic engineers, real estate and banks were notably in the red.
Sports Direct's Mike Ashley has for the second time requisitioned a general meeting of Debenhams as his first effort was declared null and void.
London's blue chips climbed higher on the back of gains for resources companies and a fall in the pound on Thursday amid increased Brexit uncertainty, which saw pressure on the more domestically flavoured mid-cap index.
UK retail bounced back more than expected last month, boosted by online non-food shopping and motor fuel sales.
IG Group's revenues fell 12% in the third quarter compared to the second as the online trading platform continued to adjust to new regulations and lower levels of volatility in financial markets in the last two months.
Clothing retailer Next confirmed full-year sales and profits in line with its pre-close statement in January and maintained its central guidance for earnings to grow 3. 6% for the year ahead.
Satellite communications group Inmarsat confirmed on Tuesday evening that it was in talks with a consortium of private equity companies after receiving a $3. 3bn proposal to buy the company out in January.
Theresa May's request for a short Article 50 delay got a cold shoulder from European Union counterparts on Wednesday, while Parliament held an emergency Brexit debate.
Kingfisher has begun the search for a new chief executive after a year when the DIY retailer's profits fell less than expected.
Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton said he was disappointed but not surprised after an influential shareholder advisory group recommended blocking his attempts to return to the clothing company's board.
London stocks continuing to push higher on Tuesday as investors remained sanguine about Brexit uncertainty and mulled figures showing a drop in the rate of unemployment to its lowest level since 1975.
Paper and packaging companies, industrials and the supermarket sector were on the front foot on Tuesday.
Theresa May will write to European Council president Donald Tusk to request a delay to the Brexit deadline, Downing Street confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.
Sainsbury's and Asda have promised to invest £1bn in cutting shop prices, improve conditions for small suppliers and sell stores as they urged competition authorities to change its mind over their proposed merger.
Ocado's sales were only slightly dented by the huge fire at one of its robot-operated depots during the quarter, but the full impact is still not yet known.
Energy regulator Ofgem has approved SSE's plans to build a new subsea electricity transmission link to connect wind farms in Shetland to mainland Scotland.
Resources companies and grocers were providing fuel for the FTSE 100 on Monday, though the mid-cap index was running on empty, led by auto industry and industrial engineers.
Theresa May cannot bring her Brexit deal back for a third 'meaningful vote', the House of Commons speaker ruled on Monday, sending the pound plummeting again.
Currency markets were pessimistic on Monday that Theresa May can pull a Brexit rabbit from the hat as she tries to bring sceptical backbenchers and Northern Ireland’s DUP round to supporting her exit deal.
JD Sports Fashion has agreed to buy smaller rival Footasylum for 82. 5p per share in cash, around half the price at which it floated less than a year and a half ago.