The FTSE 100 has ongoing its favourable streak, closing .2pc higher at 7,563.

The blue-chip index is on monitor for its fourth consecutive week of gains as heavyweight energy, mining and banking stocks have assisted it outperform both of those the wider European index and the FTSE 250 this 12 months.

Michael Hewson at CMC Markets commented:

“Today we have taken a little bit of a pause with the FTSE 100 and DAX both of those treading water for the most element, trading possibly aspect of the flat line, with the aim on a lot more respectable trading updates from the retail sector, despite the fact that to seem at the share cost response, you’d have been forgiven for thinking they weren’t that great, despite the fact that they could constantly have been improved.

“It has in reality been a day of respectable quarterly numbers for Uk retail, not that you’d know it, with both of those Tesco and Marks and Spencer share selling prices slipping back again, despite the fact that this could merely be a situation that anticipations were being perhaps a minor little bit too superior major into the numbers, and there are considerations as we head into the ultimate quarter, for both of those, that price tag-of-residing pressures could effects their ultimate This autumn numbers, heading into the spring.”