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Markets

LSE Volume: 1,112 M
Avg Vol: 3,189 M -65%
Fallers
1,887
Unchanged 687
Risers
2,433

FTSE up as mixed-bag offsets weaker miners

FTSE indices were firmer midday with financial, pharmaceutical and commercial property stocks more than offsetting falls in mining stocks after mixed sessions on Wall St and in Asia overnight.

WH Smith sees FY outcome in line with market view

WH Smith expects the outcome for the year to 31 August 2014 to be in line with market expectations, it said in a pre-close trading statement.

Kazakhmys dips

Kazakhmys posted H1 underlying profits of $29m, down from $115m last time. Revenues fell to $1,287m, from $1,571m, and group EBITDA, excluding special, items fell to $324m from $714m.

Office2office offer

Office2office has recommended a cash offer from Evo Business Supplies Ltd, which is a newly incorporated company owned by the Endless III Funds that are managed by Endless LLP, for its entire issued share capital.

London Mining loss

London Mining's first half net losses rose with revenues down by 22% as a 5% increase in sales volumes was offset by lower market prices.