The FTSE 100 is slightly lower, down 0.16% to 7,457.47 in early trading, despite positive Chinese growth figures overnight and after a mixed set of first quarter earnings from the US overnight.

Mining titan BHP (BHP) falls 2.6% as it cuts its iron-ore output guidance following cyclones in Australia's remote Pilbara region.

Outsourcing group Bunzl (BNZL) tumbles 12% on announcing that its revenue growth had slowed during the quarter due to mixed macroeconomic and market conditions.

The company, which provides businesses with items like coffee cups or cleaning products which are not sold to customers but are essential to day-to-day operations, is often considered to be a bellwether for the economy.

Healthcare services group Mediclinic International (MDC) jumps 8.3% as it announces it will post a 3.5% fall in annual earnings, a shallower drop than the market had feared.

Car dealer Pendragon (PDG) posts a loss in the first quarter after its sales margins shrank. Its shares falling 5.6% to 23.8p.

Financial services company Quilter (QLT) falls 1.2% despite its assets under management growing 5.1% in the first quarter, supported by market performance.

Utility services provider Telecom Plus (TEP) drops 3.1% on warning that its annual profit would be at the lower end of its previous guidance range.

Packaging group DS Smith (SMDS) gains 1.3% on the back of news that it had agreed to sell two packaging businesses in France and Portugal to International Paper for €63m. The deal satisfies a regulatory condition of its acquisition of Europac.

Warehouse investor Segro (SGRO) sheds 1% after it secures £21.2m of new headline rent in the first quarter, though this was lower than the £27.3m secured on-year.

Housebuilder Countryside Properties (CSP) gains 4.8% as it forecasts improved completions in the second half.

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Issue Date: 17 Apr 2019