- UK stocks opened substantially lower on Friday, continuing a recent bout of volatility, after China issued weak retail sales and industrial output figures.

At 0837, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 67.79 points, or 1.0%, at 6.809.71.

Daily Mirror and Express newspaper publisher Reach rallied 6.7% after it announced its performance for 2018 would be 'marginally' ahead of market expectations, even as like-for-like revenue fell 5% in the fourth quarter.

British American Tobacco fell 1.6% on announcing that it had appointed Paul Lageweg and Marina Bellini to the newly-created roles of new categories director and digital director. The roles of chief operator officer and business development director would now cease to exist, it added.

Construction group Balfour Beatty climbed 4.2% as it announced its full-year performance would be above previous expectations, thanks to additional asset sales.

Professional consultancy Science Group dropped 9.8% on news that it cancelled a formal sale process of the company, citing political and economic uncertainty.

Aggreko added 0.7% after announcing that it had won a $200m contract to supply temporary electricity systems for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Specialist recruitment firm SThree rose 1.9% on upgraded expectations of a full-year adjusted profit slightly ahead of the current market consensus range.

AO World gained 2.2% as it confirmed that it expected its acquisition of phone retailer Mobile Phones Direct to be completed by Monday.

Property services group Fletcher King shed 4.2% after first-half profits fell and it warned Brexit uncertainty would likely continue to hurt profits and fee income.

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