- Falling miners threatened to drag the FTSE 100 into the red, with the index up only 9.7 points at 7,517 around midday.

Fresnillo shed 2.1% to 842.4p and Randgold Resources declined 1.5% to £53.74. Antofagasta and BHP Billiton suffered smaller losses.

Brent crude oil slipped 0.2% to $81.71 per barrel.


Roadside assistance specialist AA endured extra costs associated with a rise in weather-related breakdowns and putting first half profit under pressure. The results dragged the shares 13% lower to 103.9p.

Imperial Leather owner PZ Cussons revealed robust trading in Europe and Asia offset continued challenging conditions in Nigeria, helping the stock rise 2.7% to 235.8p.

British outsourcer Mitie reversed 10% to 138.5p on the news that first half operating profit will be 'flat to slightly down' year-on-year as investment to drive faster sales growth made an impact.

Upper Crust owner SSP revealed a better than anticipated sales performance, prompting broker Shore Capital to announce its fourth upgrade this year. The stock declined 2.2% to 700.3p as profit takers swooped.

Chemicals business Elementis was flat at 266.6p despite production disruption at its chromium facility in North Carolina from flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. Investors took the news in their stride as the company said production should restart as conditions return to normal over the next few weeks.

Online fashion retailer rallied 7.2% to 205.5p after hiking its sales growth forecasts from 38% to 43%, from a range of 35% to 40%, thanks to strong sales from the PrettyLittleThing brand.


Management software provider Imaginatik crashed 71.4% to 2.5p after announcing it was no longer in talks with an investor who was considering a controlling equity investment in the company. It had until the close of business today to find a new nominated adviser otherwise the shares would be suspended tomorrow.

Engineering support services company Redhall plummeted 32.4% to 4.5p on a profit warning amid project delays and slower than forecast efficiency gains.

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