The FTSE is in decline this morning after a strong early start, currently 15.20 points lower, or 0.24%, to 6265.5.
ITV is having a tough time after it pledged to cut costs and sell assets to boost growth; it is 2.3 points down at this stage, or 2.04%, to 110.4.
Miners are struggling with Kazakhmys at the forefront, its 25 points down, or 1.9%, to 1291.
Home Retail is leading the gains after it forecast good first-half results; currently 13 points higher, or 3.24%, to 413.75.
Next is also doing well on a good morning for retailers, it is up to 1987, a jump of 47 points, or 2.42%.
It was a solid session in New York overnight, with the Dow Jones up following confidence interest rates would be lowered next week.
The index closed 180.54 points higher, or 1.38%, to 13308.39.
General Motors enjoyed the largest gain after saying demand was strong enough to charge more for its automobiles – it finished 1.33 points higher, or 4.55%, to 30.54.
An announcement it recorded an impressive 8.1% jump in August same-store sales drove McDonald's to a juicy profit, closing 1.61 points higher, or 3.21%, to 51.76.
Home Depot also performed strongly, ending the session on 34.87, a jump or 1.06 points or 3.14%.
Disney, which has suffered some negative press lately, was the only stock to fall – 0.07 points lower, or 0.21%, to 33.49.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei fell late on the uncertainty surrounding who would succeed Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, who resigned yesterday.
The index closed the day on 15,797.6 - 80.07 points lower, or 0.5%.
Heavy machinery and engineering manufacturer Hitachi Zosen lost the most ground, falling 7 points, or 4.67%, to 143.
Securities broker Daiwa didn’t fare too much better, closing down 47, or 4.41%, to 1,019 points; while Mitsui Sumitomo dipped 52 points, or 4.33%, to 1,149.
Japan's largest oil explorer Inpex Holdings had a good day at the office, up 60,000 points, or 5.61% to 1,130,000; while Tokyu Land Corp also did well, closing 46 points higher, or 5.07%, to 954.
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