Shoppers flocked to bricks and mortar stores in April, industry data published on Thursday showed, as non-essential retail started to reopen.
All eyes on Thursday will be on the Bank of England which is expected to hold fire on any changes to policy.
European stocks rallied on Wednesday with a commodity price boost for miners and positive Eurozone data providing impetus for investors.
KFC announced on Wednesday it is looking to fill 20,000 part-time and full-time positions nationwide amid a labour crunch in the US restaurant sector as customers return.
London stocks finished above the waterline on Wednesday, underpinned by strength in the heavyweight mining sector.
Analysts at Berenberg raised their target price on construction firm Bellway from 3,240. 0p to 4,180. 0p on Wednesday, stating the group's record land buying showed "fresh confidence".
Vivo Energy revealed on Wednesday that non-executive director Temitope Lawani had disposed of 450,000 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed downstream specialist.
Zanaga Iron Ore Company updated shareholders following completion of the re-costing exercise and ore reserve update on the Zanaga Iron Ore Project on Wednesday.
Brownfield developer and housebuilder Inland Homes has received a resolution to grant planning permission, subject to the signing of a Section 106 agreement, for 700 new homes and 25,000 square metres of commercial space at Gardiners Park Village in Basildon, it announced on Wednesday.
Archegos Capital is preparing for insolvency prompted by banks' attempts to recover some of the $10bn (£7. 2bn) they lost on its botched bets, the Financial Times reported.
Facebook’s Oversight Board ruled on Wednesday to uphold the company’s decision to suspend former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts but said that a review should be carried out.
Wall Street trading got off to a mixed start on Wednesday, with more corporate earnings and comments from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in focus at the open.
America's services sector continued to grow at a brisk pace last month, stoked by strong demand across sectors, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
London’s FTSE 250 was flat at 22,331. 43 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
Analysts at Numis have upgraded their view on shares of HSBC following the lender's first quarter results.
Barclays told shareholders it would expand its investment banking business as rivals scale back and the bank stressed the importance of its universal banking model.
Geoscience and geospatial technology company Getech Group announced on Wednesday that its hydrogen production subsidiary H2 Green has entered into a non-binding strategic agreement with Element Two, to supply “green” hydrogen to Element Two’s refuelling stations.
CRH shares rose to their highest value in at least 25 years after Jefferies said strong results from US peers Martin Marietta and Vulcan Materials were positive for the building materials group.
General Motors reiterated its full-year guidance on Wednesday, despite the global semiconductor shortage, after strong first-quarter performances in its core markets.
Space company Blue Origin is set to launch the sale of tickets to space tourists on Wednesday.