London stocks had pared losses by midday on Thursday as the latest economic growth figures assuaged concerns about a recession, with a strong showing from the mining sector also lending support.
Interim profits at doorstep lender Morses Club fell by a third as increased investment in digital operations raised costs.
Kitchen and furniture manufacturer John Lewis of Hungerford lifted its guidance for the year on Thursday after an improved second-half performance.
A US-China trade deal looked unlikely as talks between both sides scheduled for Thursday and Friday had reportedly stalled after preliminary discussions failed to make headway.
Caledonia Mining Corporation announced the successful installation and commissioning of a new oxygen plant at the Blanket Mine in Zimbabwe on Thursday.
Cruise port operator Global Ports Holding confirmed on Thursday that, on 9 October, it started operating Prince George Wharf Cruise Port in the Bahamas capital Nassau.
Central and eastern Europe-focussed office property investment company Globalworth Real Estate Investments announced its intention to issue up to 28,571,626 new ordinary shares at a price of 925 euro cents on Thursday.
Power control components manufacturer XP Power reported a 4% improvement in third quarter orders at constant currency on Thursday, to £55. 9m, but said its year-to-date orders were down 3% at constant currency to £156. 5m.
Tufton Oceanic Assets has agreed to acquire a container ship for $8. 75m, it announced on Thursday, with the acquisition taking its fleet to 17 vessels.
West Africa-focussed agriculture company DekelOil updated the market on production and sales for its Ayenouan palm oil project in Côte d'Ivoire for the quarter ended 30 September on Thursday.
Dunelm on Thursday reported a 6% jump in first quarter like-for-like sales as online revenue drove growth despite market softness and political uncertainty.
Semiconductor wafer products and materials supplier IQE announced the acquisition of third-party shareholdings in its CSDC joint venture in Singapore on Thursday, taking its ownership to 100%.
VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund has made a private equity investment in Ngoc Nghia, it announced on Thursday, which it described as a “pioneer and leading manufacturer” of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging in Vietnam.
European stocks were lower on Thursday morning as investors digested mixed news on Sino-US trade relations, while luxury stocks climbed after strong results from LVMH.
London stocks fell in early trade on Thursday as jitters set in ahead of trade talks between the US and China and a slew of key UK data releases.
Hargreaves Lansdown reported net new business of £1. 7bn in the three months ended 30 September on Thursday, improving from the £1. 3bn it reported at the same time last year.
Third quarter core earnings at paper manufacturer Mondi fell 18% year on year as demand remained soft and prices weakened compared with the first half of the year.
The number of homes being put up for sale in the UK fell to its lowest level since 2016 in September, according to the latest survey form the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Auto distributor Inchcape said it was selling its fleet lease and management unit to Japan's Toyota for total cash £100m in cash as it focused on higher margin operations.
Sabre Insurance said on Thursday that trading in the nine months to the end of September has been in line with its expectations and volumes have not been hit further by rising prices.