The FTSE Small Caps index gains 0.2 percent in early trade,outperforming weaker showings by both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250indexes, down 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent respectively.
Flybe gains 7.5 percent as Europe's largest regional airline says itperformed in line with revised management in the second quarter, and as it saidit has now formally signed a contract with Finnair to fly 12 Embraer E190regional jets on its behalf.
Morgan Sindall adds 2.2 percent as the UK construction andregeneration group says it has been appointed preferred delivery partner for a1.1 billion pounds contract at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant.
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