Minimum water levels needed to navigate the Rhine river at a key choke point were expected to stage a partial recovery over the weekend.
A top European Central Bank official predicted that the monetary authority would continue hiking interest rates.
Connected television advertising technology company Tremor International announced the closing of its $25m equity investment in Vidaa on Thursday, satisfied through existing cash resources.
Revised data confirmed a modest rise in the cost of living in the euro area last month.
Eyewear and lens designer and manufacturer Inspecs reported first-half revenue of $138. 4m on Thursday, up from $125. 7m year-on-year, although earnings were hit by currency headwinds and the costs of a factory relocation.
Alaska North Slope-focussed oil and gas company Pantheon Resources announced the conclusion of drilling operations, and the start of preparations for stimulation and flow testing, at the Alkaid 2 well on Thursday.
Stocks were weaker in the Asia-Pacific region on Thursday, taking their lead from Wall Street after the minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve meeting dampened sentiment.
Agricultural supplier Wynnstay Group has conditionally raised £10. 6m before expenses, it announced on Thursday, to redevelop its Calne feed facility and pursue potential acquisitions.
Gambling operator Rank Group reported underlying operating profit in line with its full-year guidance on Thursday, at £40. 4m, swinging from a loss of £82. 4m year-on-year.
Furniture retailer Made. com confirmed on Thursday that it is considering a potential equity capital raise.
Online electricals retailer AO World said on Thursday that it swung to a full-year loss amid higher costs and falling sales.
US stocks looked set for a muted open on Thursday as investors eyed jobless claims data and continued to mull the latest minutes from the Federal Reserve.
Jefferies upgraded AO World on Thursday to ‘buy’ from ‘hold’ after the online electricals retailer’s full-year results, and lifted the price target.
London stocks dipped in early trade on Thursday, taking their cue from a downbeat session on Wall Street, as investors digested the latest minutes from the US Federal Reserve.
European shares made a mixed and muted start to trading on Thursday after a sharp sell-off in the previous session and weaker markets in the US and Asia.
Building materials company Marshalls held full year guidance as it posted interim profits, but noted that the tough economic backdrop would hit consumer confidence at its landscaping division.
Telecommunications infrastructure company Helios Towers backed its guidance for the year and posted a jump in first-half earnings on Thursday as it hailed strong organic tenancy growth.
London pre-open The FTSE 100 was called to open three points lower at 7,512.
London stocks were set for a muted open on Thursday as investors digested the latest minutes from the US Federal Reserve.
More than 23 million people in the UK used virtually no cash last year, while notes and coins will account for just 6% of payments within a decade, a report predicts. The findings, from the banking body UK Finance, are likely to prompt concern that millions of people could be left behind as the shift to a cashless society accelerates. – Guardian.