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