London close: Shares extend gains ahead of Brexit talks, Fed minutes

London stocks finished with solid gains and near their session highs on Wednesday despite the powerful drag from Sainsbury's after the competition watchdog cast doubt over its merger with Asda, with investors waiting on the release of the Federal Reserve meeting minutes after the close and possible developments from Theresa May's latest talks in Brussels. 

UK government to protect companies with new outsourcing rules

The UK government will on Wednesday announce measures to reduce risks taken by private firms that provide public services, as it seeks to assist companies that have become increasingly wary of taking on new government business in the wake of Carillion's collapse last year. 

London pre-open: Stocks seen steady as May heads back to Brussels

London stocks were set for a steady start on Wednesday following a mostly muted close on Wall Street, as investors eyed the latest minutes from the Federal Reserve and more Brexit talks between Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. 

London close: Pound strength drags on top flight index

London stocks ended slightly submerged on Monday after ending last week at a high water mark not seen in four months, with pressure coming from a rise in the pound, although the second-tier index put in a solid advance.