UK stocks staged a partial recovery on Friday after positive Chinese trade data helped soothe global market jitters.
At 0846, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 36.90 points, or 0.5%, at 7.043.83. The index, however, was still down 4.6% for the week.
Investment manager Man Group jumped 4.5% on news its funds under management had inched up in the third quarter despite a bout of market volatility.
Emerging markets-focused rival Ashmore gained 2.3% as positive net inflows helped it grow its assets under management, too.
Sports Direct gained 1.7% after it agreed to acquire the Frasers department store in Glasgow for £95m.
The bad news kept coming for cafe chain Patisserie, which revealed its finance director Chris Marsh had been arrested by police.
Marsh had been suspended by the company amid accounting irregularities that have sent it to the brink of collapse.
Technical products group Diploma gained 1.6% on news it acquired protective sleeving group Actios for an undisclosed sum, broadening its reach across Europe.
Potato and daffodil supplier Produce Investments lost 1.9% as it swung to an annual loss after its crop was hurt by an unusually cold spring and it wrote down the value of its assets.
Plastics developer Symphony Environmental Technologies tumbled 28% as it forecast lower earnings owing to order delays in its key Middle East market.
Technical plastics products supplier Carclo fell 7.0% after it said in a trading update that it would fall short of half-year profit expectations owing to order delays.
Manchester-based molecular diagnostics group Premaitha Health gained 1.9% on the back of a 45% rise in first-half revenue and 'strong start' to the second half.
Online marketing company for the gaming industry Veltyco shed 1.5% after chief executive Melissa Blau left immediately 'in order to focus on other business interests'.