Source - SMW
The FTSE 100 was flat at 6,701 as investors await a raft of UK economic data.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil fell 1.3% to $45.67 and Brent crude oil slipped 1% to 47.82 per barrel, respectively.

Gold and copper were flat at $1,321 per ounce and $4,607 per tonne.

British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines (IAG) boosted the blue-chip index after gaining 2.5%.

Online supermarket Ocado (OCDO) dropped 12% to 283.5p despite bagging higher retail sales in the 12 weeks to 7 August, as the average order size declined to £107.94.

JD Sports Fashion (JD.) sprinted 4.7% higher to £13.96 after increasing revenue by a fifth and boosting its operating profit and pre-tax profit by over 60% in the 26 weeks to 30 July.

Insurance company esure (ESUR) said it plans to demerge and rename it Group through a separate listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.


Tyratech (TYR) crashed 16.7% to 2.5p after warning it expects slower growth in the second half of the year due to an 'unexpected category contraction' in the US, which will impact top line sales.

Sportech (SPO) entered exclusivity with Burlywood Capital regarding the proposed sale of The Football Pools for £97.25m on a debt free/cash free basis.

Oxford Biomedica (OXB) dropped 11.2% after first half pre-tax loss widened to £11.9 million, up from £8.6 million and announced a fundraise of £11.5 million.

TP Group (TPG) posted a lower pretax loss of £846,000 and confirmed a contract to build an integrated steam management system in positive financial results.

The market responded warmly to franchised estate agency M Winkworth's (WINK) results, which reported a rise in first half pre-tax profit and higher revenue.

Payment technology provider SafeCharge International (SCH) failed to spark investor confidence despite its profit after tax rising from $12.4 million to $15.2 million year-on-year.

Gaming Realms (GMR) impressed investors with significant revenue growth of over 100% to £16.6m in the six months to the end of June. This was driven by its proprietary mobile platform Grizzly and acquisition of social gaming assets from Real Networks. Shares were up 3.3% to 19.63p.

K3 Business Technology (KBT) said adjusted pre-tax profits increased by more than a fifth for the 12 months to the end of June.

Video games technical service provider Keywords Studios (KWS) was in positive territory after revealing adjusted pre-tax profits of € 6 million in the first half of the year, some 177% higher.