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London stocks flat
The FTSE 100 is largely unchanged at mid-morning trading, with the blue chip index down 7.6 points at 7,267.5.
Kingfisher and Diageo continue to lead the risers and fallers respectively.
Shares in the B&Q and Screwfix-owner are ahead 5.4%, or 16p, at 312.4p after announcing its results for the first six months of the year.
Shares in the world's largest drinks maker extended their losses to trade 2.1% lower at £24.42 after admitting a late Chinese New Year (pictured) would hit first-half sales.
The pound is up 0.3% against the dollar at $1.3550 and 0.1% up on the euro at 1.1281 euros.
Kingfisher takes flight
Kingfisher shares soared in opening trade on Wednesday after it announced its interim results.
The B&Q and Screwfix owner's share price rose 5.4% to 312.5p, leading the FTSE 100 risers.
Diageo's warning that a later Chinese New Year and a ban on roadside alcohol sales in India would impact first half sales sent its shares down 1.6% at £24.55.
Overall, the FTSE 100 briefly opened higher before falling 6 points to 7,269.2.
In contrast, the FTSE 250 edged 11.3 points higher to 19,546.8.
FTSE 100 closes higher
Marks & Spencer led the FTSE 100 higher, up 3.53% on the back of industry data showing that some retailers are seeing stronger sales. Travel company TUI was the biggest loser. Its shares fell 2% on reports of cost-cutting.
The FTSE 100 closed up 0.23% at 7,270 points. The mid-cap FTSE 250 finished 0.5% higher at 19,535.4.
Retailers lead FTSE higher
Retailers topped the FTSE 100 index as lunchtime nears, boosted by data from Kantar Worldpanel showing a rise in supermarket sales to 10 September.
Marks & Spencer shares are 2.8% higher to 338p, while Sainsbury's is ahead by 2.4% at 242.8p.
Bottling company Coca-Cola HBC leads the fallers, down 1.6% at £25.33, followed by BT Group, 1.4% lower at 283.4p.
Overall the FTSE 100 is up 21.67 points at 7,274.95 and the FTSE 250 is also ahead, up 70.90 points at 19,508.75.
The FTSE 100 is down a touch as trading begins, falling 6.2 points to 7,245.1.
Oddly enough, Ryanair shares are up 0.8% at £16.70 in London despite the airline's cancellation chaos.
Ocado is down 2.2% despite reporting higher revenues, while French Connection has dipped about 1%.