London share prices slumbered as the UK general election got underway in earnest.
The FTSE 100 index of leading shares rose by a meagre four points to end the day at 7,119.
There was little corporate news to move share prices, though Unilever ended the day 0.3% higher at £39.50 after reporting a strong rise in quarterly sales.
The pound rose 0.5% against the dollar to $1.284.
Against the euro the pound was unchanged at 1.193 euros.
Department stores were the main talking point of the day after Debenhams announced the outcome of a strategic review which includes the possible closure of 10 underperforming stores.
Its shares fell 5% to 52.5p.
along with Marks & Spencer fell 1.3% to £3.54p after updating investors on its big turnaround plan, which includes both store closures along with brand-new store openings.
Unilever, one of the globe’s leading maker of groceries along with household goods, said sales rose 3% in its first quarter, which was stronger growth than had been expected.
In February, Unilever rejected a takeover approach by its rival, the US firm Kraft Heinz.