U.K. stocks decreased Wednesday, as the FTSE 100 Index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +0.15% closed down 0.48% at 7,052.62.
Among FTSE 100 constituents, food retail company Ocado Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/207225647/delayed UK:OCDO -1.07% saw the largest decline Wednesday, as shares tumbled 10.04%
Shares of clothing retail firm Next PLC /zigman2/quotes/200704121/delayed UK:NXT +0.34% and broadcasting company ITV PLC /zigman2/quotes/205378065/delayed UK:ITV +1.08% declined 5.33% and 4.96%, respectively.
St. James's Place PLC /zigman2/quotes/200849568/delayed UK:STJ -1.43% , an investment advisors company, and food retail firm J Sainsbury PLC /zigman2/quotes/206038250/delayed UK:SBRY +0.67% rounded out the top five largest decreases as their stocks fell 4.85% and 4.65%, respectively.
International Distribution Services PLC /zigman2/quotes/204213037/delayed UK:IDS -4.01% , an air freight company, saw the largest increase of the FTSE 100 constituents, as shares rose 5.67% on Wednesday.
Shares of major oil & gas firm Shell PLC /zigman2/quotes/206428183/delayed UK:SHEL +0.42% and internet/online company Auto Trader Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/208097104/delayed UK:AUTO +0.83% rallied 1.73% and 1.61%, respectively.
BP PLC /zigman2/quotes/202286639/delayed UK:BP +0.54% , a major oil & gas company, and securities business London Stock Exchange Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/206625606/delayed UK:LSEG -3.53% rounded out the top five largest increases as their stocks rallied 1.25% and 0.93%, respectively.
The pound was down 1.78% against dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD -0.8541% at $1.1271 and 0.57% against the euro at €1.1427.
Brent crude climbed 1.9% to $93.51, and the yield on the 10-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y -1.59% declined 4.270 basis points to 4.032%.