- There was little corporate news to spur the FTSE 100 higher, which fell 0.3% to 7,704 around midday.

Small gains among utilities and healthcare stocks failed to boost the blue-chip index as weakness in mining companies weighed on performance.

Brent crude oil was stable at $77.14 per barrel and copper cheapened 0.5% to $3.08 per pound.


British Gas owner Centrica (CNA) reported colder than normal weather boosted energy demand and call-out costs, which is expected to hit half year adjusted operating profit. Shares in Centrica advanced 0.2% to 147.4p.

Technical products provider Diploma (DPLM) was unmoved at £12.41 despite hiking its interim dividend by 10% after first-half pre-tax profit rose 8% amid strong global trading.

Polymer solutions specialist Victrex (VCT) fell 3.9% to £26.22 as investors focused on a warning that currency movements will be less beneficial in its second half and potentially in 2019.

Indivior (INDV) said its US subsidiary Indivior, alongside Aquestive Therapeutics, entered a settlement deal with Par Pharmaceutical and IntelGenx Technologies, over a patent dispute related to its drug Suboxone. Shares in Indivior dipped 0.8% to 457.2p.

Funeral services provider Dignity (DTY) gained 3.5% to £12.59 after announcing it expects full year results will beat market expectations. The company said sales increased 2% in the first quarter of the year, helped by a higher death rate and better-than-expected take-up of premium services.


Uvenco (UVEN) was the biggest faller, plummeting 76% to 0.6p, following discussions with a third party that may lead to the sale of trading subsidiaries, Uvenco and Snack in the Box. Investors were disappointed that they were likely to be sold at a decent price due to high debt levels.

Outsourced services firm Servoca (SVCA) crashed 24.2% to 13.2p on a proposed delisting from AIM as the directors questioned whether a listing is 'in the best interests' of the company.

Shares went in the opposite director at natural fertiliser producer Harvest Minerals (HMI), up 25.6% at 21.2p, after it was informed by the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil it conditionally approved its application to register KPfertil as a remineraliser.

Software company Cerillion (CER) slumped 10.5% to 128p following no profit in adjusted pre-tax growth in the six months to 31 March.

Chemicals business Hardide (HDD) revealed first half sales jumped 43% to £2.16m and operating losses more than halved from £0.69m to £0.32m. The stock rose 9.6% to 2p.

Baby retailer Mothercare (MTC) reported it is finalising a restructuring and refinancing package to put the business on a stable and sustainable financial footing. Its shares lost 9.4% to 18p.

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