UK house prices dropped less than expected in March, according to the latest figures from lender Halifax.
London stocks edged up in early trade on Friday ahead of the release of the US non-farm payrolls report and as investors mulled the outcome of the latest round of trade talks in Washington.
London stocks were set to edge higher at the open on Friday ahead of the release of the US non-farm payrolls report and as investors mulled the outcome of the latest round of Sino-US talks.
Sterling got whacked on Thursday after financial markets got wind of attempts by pro-Brexiters in the House of Lords to try and scupper the bill approved by MPs the day before requiring the Prime Minister to consult Parliament on the length of the extension to Article 50 that she would seek from Brussels.
London's equity markets paused for a weather break on Thursday, with ex-dividend stocks taking their toll as investors eyed more trade talks between the US and China and Brexit progress in parliament was hampered by a leaking roof and Lords-a-leaping.
London's equity markets remained in the red at midday on Thursday, with ex-dividend stocks taking their toll as investors eyed more trade talks between the US and China and any further Brexit-related developments.
Stocks in Asia finished in a mixed state on Thursday, as investors closed their wallets and watched for news from ongoing trade negotiations between the US and China.
Brexit has cost the United Kingdom £6.6bn per quarter since the referendum, said a report from S&P Global Ratings which estimated the damage of the UK's decision to exit the European Union.
UK new car registrations fell 3.4% in the key month of March as demand was affected by political and economic uncertainty on top of ongoing confusion over restrictions on diesel engines.
London stocks fell in early trade on Thursday as investors kept an eye on trade talks between the US and China and any further Brexit-related developments.