StockMarketWire.com - The FTSE 100 followed global equities lower despite the pound weakening on reports that the transition period for the UK's exit from the EU may be extended.

The blue-chip index fell 0.4% to 7,026.

Wall Street fell into the red as trade war concerns reignited on weak earnings reports from industrial companies. The Nasdaq had the biggest fall of 2% to 7,492 around 4:45pm UK time.

Brent crude oil dipped 0.2% to $79,64 per barrel.

Pizza delivery service Domino's retreated 1.3% to 264p as it said Thursday it would launch a £25m share buyback programme after reporting a modest uptick in third-quarter sales as hot weather across Europe crimped demand for piping hot pizza.

GVC Holdings rose 1.7% to 945.5p after reporting that sales grew double-digits in the third quarter amid ongoing momentum across its online and European retail divisions, though sluggish UK retail growth persisted.

International coach travel company National Express added 6% to 419.8p after it reported a good summer of trading with group revenue up 8.9% in constant currency terms, boosted by 'outstanding' UK coach and 'particularly strong' Spanish division performances.

Anglo-Dutch consumer company Unilever slipped 0.9% to £39.86 after saying on Thursday that underlying sales grew 3.8% in the third quarter as growth accelerated across all three of the firm's divisions.

Games Workshop slumped 4.9% to £31.65 as it warned Thursday of 'some uncertainties' in the periods ahead for the rest of financial year even as upbeat performance had continued following an update in September.

British multinational defence technology company QinetiQ Group added 0.2% to 279.7p as it said on Thursday that it had completed the acquisition of E.I.S. Aircraft Operations.

Gambling company Rank Group dropped 4.3% to 156.2p as it reported a 4.9% slump in quarterly sales as high-spending customers spent less at its Grosvenor Casinos while its Mecca Bingo halls continued to see fewer visits.

Global metrology and healthcare technology group Renishaw reversed 2% to £41.92, after suffering losses early on, as it reported 8% revenue growth from continuing operations to £154m in its first quarter, and a 9% drop in adjusted pre-tax profit.

Cyber security company Avast was flat at 285p after reporting 'good' revenue growth for the third quarter and saying it was on track to meet guidance.

RWS Holdings jumped 2.9% to 476p as it said on Thursday it expected full-year Group revenues to be at least £305m, an increase of over 85% year on year, driven primarily by the acquisition of localisation services provider Moravia last November.


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