Chemicals group Croda International has appointed the chair of Direct Line as the successor to Anita Frew, who has been at the helm of the board since 2014.
UK stocks were expected to slip again on Friday on a busy day for economic data as investors continue to digest central bank decisions across the globe.
The Bank of Japan left its monetary policy unchanged on Friday with rates left at -0. 1%, in line with expectations.
UK retail sales rebounded in August from the rain affected prior month, rising 0. 4% on the back of strong food and clothing purchases by consumers, according to official data published on Friday.
The pound dipped to its lowest level in six months, and bonds rallied after the Bank of England held borrowing costs steady for the first time since November 2021 in a finely balanced decision. Investors sold sterling after the announcement, pushing the pound 0. 5 per cent lower against the dollar to $1. 22, its weakest level since March. - The Times.
London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open nine points lower on Friday, having closed down 0. 69% on Thursday at 7,678. 62.