- By midday better than expected data from Chinese factories and better than feared results from WPP, plus a dip in sterling, had combined to drive the FTSE 100 0.5% higher to 7,112.06.

US futures were pointing to a higher open, with Wall Street buoyed by stronger-than-anticipated growth figures for the American economy.


Advertising firm WPP jumped 7.2% to 885.4p, despite posting a 40% fall in annual profit, after it met the top end of its adjusted sales guidance.

London Stock Exchange gained 2.1%, despite warning its earnings would fall short of expectations due increased investment costs.

The bourse operator also said it would cut 250 staff to save around £30m.

Recruitment firm Robert Walters advanced 9.3% to 575p after reporting record 2018 results due to strong overseas growth.

Wealth manager Man Group fell 4.3% to 132.3p after choppy markets hurt the performance of its funds, crimping performance fees.

Online property portal Rightmove reversed 5.4% to 456.3p, as an 11% rise in annual profit missed expectations and the company only posted 'slight' growth in customer numbers.

Gambling company William Hill was flat as it swung to deep annual loss owing to a huge write-down related tighter fixed-odd betting terminal regulations, and more subdued high street trading.

Royal Dutch Shell said it was facing legal action in the Netherlands related to its activities in Nigeria. Investors weren't fazed, pushing the oil giant's shares up 0.2%.


Night spot operator Revolution Bars slumped 16.4% to 66.4p as it scrapped its interim dividend after posting a first-half loss owing to rising costs and a fall in like-for-like sales.

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