- The FTSE 100 was broadly flat on Thursday morning, edging up just 2.29 points, or 0.03%, to 7,536.52 after a strong performance on Wall Street failed to allay investors' cautious view of global equities.

In company news, Sky (SKY) announced like-for-like revenue growth of 5% to £3.3bn in the first quarter, with EBITDA rising 11% to £582m. The shares added 0.41% to 917.25p.

Recruitment group Hays (HAS) reported another record quarterly net fee performance with further strong, broad-based 13% growth in Continental Europe and Rest of World which compensated for modest growth in the UK & Ireland. The share price gained 0.58% to 191.1p.

WH Smith (SMWH) fell 2.34% to 2,022.5p despite announcing a 10% hike in its dividend after group profit before tax increased 7% to £140m in the 12 months to August.

Food wholesaler Booker Group's (BOK) total sales rose to £2.6bn for the 24 weeks to 8 September - up 2.5% on last time - with non-tobacco up 7.5% and tobacco down 9.0% due to changes in legislation. The shares were up 0.37% to 206.05p.

N Brown Group (BWNG) saw continued positive trading momentum and market share gains in the six 26 weeks to 2 September. Group revenue was up 5.6% at £453.4m, with product revenue up 7.5% and financial services revenue up 1.1%. But this failed to win over investors, with the shares slipping 1.8% to 343.7p.

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