- Fears over a potential 'no-deal Brexit' weighed on the pound, helping the FTSE 100 rise 0.7% to 7,776.

Wall Street took a turn for the worse as concerns over the latest tariff spat between the US and China sparked jitters over an escalating trade war.

Dow Jones was down 24.3 points at 25,604 around 4:45pm UK time, while Germany's DAX dropped 0.1% to 12,628.

Brent crude oil slid 3.3% to $72.19 per barrel.


Miner Glencore was boosted by higher commodity prices as first half profits rose 13%, but decided not to expand its share buyback programme, leaving the shares flat at 326.5p.

Infrastructure supplier Hill & Smith plummeted 25% to £11.02 following a decline in profitability and easing back forecasts for the full year.

Gambling firm Paddy Power Betfair reversed 7.1% to £75.40 after downgrading earnings guidance as higher sales were offset by taxes in Australia and losses in its US fantasy business.

Asset manager Quilter, which was spun out of Old Mutual, revealed first half profit gains despite weaker market conditions thanks to positive inflows. The stock advanced 0.7% to 150.5p.

UDG Healthcare shed 9.8% to 739.2p after announcing a review of clinical services division Ashfield, reshuffling management and revealing weakness in the commercial business. The company also reported Ashfield vice-president Jez Moulding is resigning.

TI Fluid Systems surged 8% to 270p after managing to deliver higher profits despite a tough new car market.

Housebuilder Bellway announced it expects a rise in first half sales and slightly weaker operating margins, prompting investors to mark the stock 1.3% lower to £29.39.

Recruiter PageGroup enjoyed a strong performance from its offshore operations, helping to offset weakness in the UK, but this failed to spark the shares at 598p.


Great Western Mining crashed 53.7% to 0.6p after revealing no significant gold, copper or trace element geochemistry was recorded in its first batch and terminating drilling of M2-041.

Shares in Innovaderma catapulted 21.6% to 135p on the appointment of chief executive officer Kieran Callan, who used to work for PZ Cussons and the launch of haircare brand Roots in Tesco stores.

There was good news from TT Electronics after a surge in underlying profit, helping the shares rally nearly 16.3% to 256p.

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