UK stocks are making early gains on Thursday as the dollar jumped after hawkish minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting were published, making sterling-denominated stocks more attractive to investors.

At 0858, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 18.07 points, or 0.26%, at 7,072.67.

Pizza delivery service Domino's climbed 3.10% as it said Thursday it would launch a £25m share buyback programme after reporting a modest uptick in third-quarter sales as hot weather across Europe crimped demand for piping hot pizza.

GVC Holdings rose 2.15% after reporting that sales grew double-digits in the third quarter amid ongoing momentum across its online and European retail divisions, though sluggish UK retail growth persisted.

International coach travel company National Express added 2.62% after it reported a good summer of trading with group revenue up 8.9% in constant currency terms, boosted by "outstanding" UK coach and "particularly strong" Spanish division performances.

Anglo-Dutch consumer company Unilever slipped 0.79% after saying on Thursday that underlying sales grew 3.8% in the third quarter as growth accelerated across all three of the firm's divisions.

Games Workshop slumped 7.15% as it warned Thursday of "some uncertainties" in the periods ahead for the rest of financial year even as upbeat performance had continued following an update in September.

Food packing supplier Hilton Food edged 0.22% higher as it said Thursday it had agreed to purchase a 50% stake in Dalco, a vegetarian product manufacturer based in the Netherlands.

Gambling company Rank Group dropped 1.96% as it reported a 4.9% slump in quarterly sales as high-spending customers spent less at its Grosvenor Casinos while its Mecca Bingo halls continued to see fewer visits.

Global metrology and healthcare technology group Renishaw shed 1.68% after reporting 8% revenue growth from continuing operations to £154m in its first quarter, and a 9% drop in adjusted pre-tax profit.

Cyber security company Avast climbed 1.92% after reporting "good" revenue growth for the third quarter and saying it was on track to meet guidance.

RWS Holdings jumped 4% as it said on Thursday it expected full-year Group revenues to be at least £305m, an increase of over 85% year on year, driven primarily by the acquisition of localisation services provider Moravia last November.

British multinational defence technology company QinetiQ Group added 1.33% as it said on Thursday that it had completed the acquisition of E.I.S. Aircraft Operations.