In the UK the FTSE 100 Index of leading shares climbed 27.90 points, or 0.5%, 5413.60, led by Imperial Tobacco Group and Enterprise Inns.
Imperial Tobacco, Europe's second-largest cigarette maker, rose 50p, or 3.2%, to a record 1,597p. The company says it plans to cut 200 jobs in Berlin as it transfers production to Poland to reduce costs.
Enterprise Inns, the UK’s biggest pub landlord, gained 16.5p, or 2%, to 840p after it said operating profit per pub rose more than 8% in the fiscal second half as the company attracted customers.
BP, Europe's biggest oil company, declined 6p, or 0.9%, to 662p while Royal Dutch Shell, the region's second-largest, lost 22p, or 1.2%, to 1,831p.
Crude-oil futures fell 2.7%to $64.70 a barrel in New York after Hurricane Rita weakened, easing concern about disruptions to the US refining industry.
Imperial Chemical Industries, the UK’s biggest specialty chemical maker, added 5.25p, or 1.8%, to 293.5p.
British Airways, Europe's No. 3 airline, increased 3p, or 1.1%, to 286.5p.
In the US, stocks appear to be heading for their steepest weekly decline in three months as Hurricane Rita approaches the Texas coast. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost 11.38 points, or 0.1%, at 10,410.67 in morning trading so far.
Alcoa, the world's biggest aluminum maker, slid $1.64, or 6.3%, to $24.26. Profit from continuing operations is expected to be $0.27 to $0.31 a share in the third quarter, the company said this morning.
Alcan, Alcoa's smaller rival, has dropped $0.92 to $31.42.
UnitedHealth Group Inc, the second-biggest medical insurance company, have climbed $1.38 to $55.01. WellPoint Inc, the largest US health-insurance provider, has also rallied $2.37 to $75.56.IFAonline
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