FTSE LIVE: Pound loses ground again on no-deal fears; Persimmon profits slip; National Grid blackout comes under investigation

  • National Grid said a lightning strike was partly to blame for the blackout 
  • Housebuilder Persimmon has reported half-year profits of £509.3million
  • FTSE 100 flat after the bell at 7,194 after a strong rally on Monday 

Housebuilder Persimmon said its half-year profits slipped year-on-year, with the number of new homes sold falling by around 500, as it focused on ‘improving the quality and service delivered to our customers’. 

A power cut that impacted households across England and Wales earlier this month is to be investigated further by the energy watchdog Ofgem. National Grid said that a lightning strike was partly to blame.

As for the wider markets, the FTSE 100 was flat at the open, after a strong day of recovery on Monday. Meanwhile, the pound is flashing red – losing ground on the back of the no-deal government documents that were leaked this weekend.  

At the open: FTSE 100 flat after the bell at 7,194 after a strong rally on Monday

At the open: FTSE 100 flat after the bell at 7,194 after a strong rally on Monday





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