U.K. stocks were lower following the close on Thursday, as losses inside the Software & Computer Services, Oil Equipment Services & Distribution and General Retailers sectors led shares lower.

At the near the coast London, the Investing.com Great britain 100 declined 0.09%.

The best performers of your session to the Investing.com Great britain 100 were Schroders PLC (LON:SDR), which rose 2.87% or 79.00 suggests trade at 2834.00 on the close. Meanwhile, Royal Mail PLC (LON:RMG) added 2.09% or 5.40 points to end at 263.30 and Ashtead Group PLC (LON:AHT) was up 2.03% or 40.00 suggests 2009.00 at the end of trade.

The worst performers of the session were Micro Focus International PLC (LON:MCRO), which fell 5.95% or 123.00 suggests trade at 1944.00 within the close. Direct Line Insurance Group PLC (LON:DLGD) declined 5.42% or 19.40 points to end at 338.80 and Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY) was down 3.48% or 2.26 suggests 62.62.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones over the London Stock market by 1151 to 993 and 307 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.23% or 2.95 to $1292.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.03% or 0.02 going to $62.48 a barrel, although the June Brent oil contract rose 0.52% or 0.36 to trade at $69.67 a barrel.

GBP/USD was down 0.71% to 1.3066, while EUR/GBP rose 0.59% to 0.8584.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.28% at 96.928.