UK consumer confidence pushed higher in September, a long-running survey showed on Friday.
Financial markets' focus at the end of the week would be on the Bank of Japan.
European stocks finished significantly lower even after the Bank of England held rates steady for the first time in almost two years in response to lower-than-expected inflation figures on Wednesday.
US stocks dropped on Thursday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both falling to their lowest levels since late-June, as rising bond yields and hawkish comments from the Federal Reserve weighed on sentiment.
Global stock markets tanked on Thursday, with London's FTSE 100 no exception, after closely watched meetings at the Federal Reserve and Bank of England clouded the outlook for interest rates over the coming months.
Bridgepoint Group was at the top of the list of director purchases on Thursday after its group managing partner picked up almost £0. 2m worth of shares.
Home selling activity in the U. S. slowed a bit further last month.
US stocks were trading on the back foot on Thursday as the central bank's 'hawkish pause' the night before percolated through financial markets.
UK fashion retailer Next on Thursday lifted full-year guidance for the third time in four months after better-than-expected summer sales and said inflationary pressures should ease next year.
Retail stocks were on the rise on Thursday, after results from both JD Sports Fashion and Next impressed the market, while miners were dragged lower by falling metal prices and Ocado suffered from some profit-taking.
SSP Group shares fell sharply as the operator of food outlets at train stations and airports warned that a stronger pound would affect core profit in 2024.
Factory sector activity in the U. S. mid-Atlantic region shrank unexpectedly, the results of a closely followed survey showed.
Companies in the U. S. continued to hold on to their workers more than expected and contrary to evidence from some other indicators.
Corero Network Security reported a 19% improvement in its first-half order intake on Thursday, reaching $13m.
Rupert Murdoch is to step down as chair of Fox and News Corporation, it was officially announced on Thursday, with the 92-year-old media empire owner becoming "chair emeritus", leaving the way open for his son Lachlan to take over the reins.
Cancer immunotherapy-focussed biopharmaceutical firm Faron Pharmaceuticals named Dr Birge Berns as its interim chief medical officer on Thursday, with the transition becoming effective on 22 September, with Dr Berns operating from the UK.
Mercia Asset Management reported a strong start to the financial year in an update on Thursday, with a consistent performance across its asset classes.
Aerospace, defence and space products manufacturer Filtronic announced a significant contract win with a top-tier global provider in the realm of low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications equipment on Thursday.
Telematics and data technology specialist Trakm8 said in an update on Thursday that its financial year had begun as expected.
Biotechnology company 4basebio reported revenues from its DNA and Hermes products surpassing £0. 2m in its first half on Thursday.