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London stocks remained in the red through the afternoon to close weaker on Thursday, following the release of disappointing retail sales data, while luxury fashion brand Burberry remained in positive territory on the back of well-received interim results.
London stocks ended the day slightly in the red on Wednesday after an eagerly-awaited speech by US President Trump left investors disappointed, while escalating unrest in Hong Kong also weighed on the mood.
London stocks finished higher on Tuesday as investors mulled the latest reading on the UK jobs market and looked ahead to a speech by US President Donald Trump for any clues on trade talks with China.
London stocks finished on a mixed note on Monday with worries around Sino-US trade relations and escalating protests in Hong Kong together with a jump in the pound combining to drag the top flight index lower.
London stocks had sunk deeper into the red by the close on Friday, as optimism over a trade deal between the US and China continued to fade.
London stocks finished just above the waterline on Thursday, after the Bank of England kept interest rates on hold but with two dissenters, and a session which saw investors wading through a tsunami of corporate news and welcomed signs of progress in US-China trade relations.
London equity markets finished in a mixed state on Wednesday, as investors paused for thought following recent gains, while property stocks remained under the cosh after a downbeat update from Intu Properties.
London stocks edged higher on Tuesday as continued hopes of a Sino-US trade deal boosted the mining sector, but gains were unspectacular as investors mulled the latest reading on the services sector.
London stocks extended their recent gains on Monday, with miners leading the charge amid growing optimism over a Sino-US trade deal.
London stocks jumped at the end of the week as investors mulled better-than-expected US non-farm payrolls data and Chinese manufacturing figures.
London stocks remained in the red at the close on Thursday, dragged lower by a stronger pound, with fresh uncertainty over a potential Sino-US trade deal and disappointing results from the likes of Shell and Lloyds spooking investors.
London stocks finished the Wednesday session little changed as investors mulled the prospect of a general election before Christmas and sifted through updates from the likes of Next and Standard Chartered.
London stocks dipped on Tuesday as Britain looked set for a December general election, with oil giant BP pacing the decline after its third-quarter results.
London stocks finished higher, tracking fresh record highs on Monday for some of Wall Street's main stock market gauges and after the EU decided to grant the UK a three-month extension to the deadline for Brexit.
London stocks finished the session little changed on Friday even as the prospect of an election threw up yet more uncertainty, but there were some bright spots in the form of well-received updates from the likes of WPP and Barclays and as regards US-China trade.
London stocks finished in the green on Thursday, helped along by a softer pound and some well-received corporate releases as investors awaited the EU's decision on a Brexit extension.
London stocks were mostly higher on Wednesday, despite the pound's resilience as investors waited on the European Union's response to the UK's request for an extension to the date for its leaving the bloc.
Deal news helped push London's top-flight index higher on Tuesday, with optimism over Sino-US trade relations also lending a hand, but the second-tier index was weighed down as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal faced its first parliamentary hurdle.
Stocks finished in the green on Monday, even after the speaker of the House of Commons decided against allowing a meaningful vote on the government's Brexit proposal, helped by positive headlines around the US-China trade negotiations.
Stocks finished the Friday session little changed ahead Saturday's key vote in Parliament, with some analysts saying that "anything could happen".