Traders in London

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The UK’s benchmark share index headed increased in early commerce, with a mixture of shares supporting the market.

The FTSE 100 index climbed 53.98 factors, to zero.7%, to 7,517.52.

High risers on the index included medical merchandise agency Convatec, which rose 1.eight%, whereas mining big Anglo American and Marks and Spencer have been each up 1.6%.

Within the FTSE 250, Ocado jumped 7.6% on hypothesis that the net grocer might grow to be a bid goal.

Credit score Suisse stated final week’s announcement that Amazon was shopping for Complete Meals elevated the probability of Ocado being a takeover goal. Individually, analysts at Exane raised their ranking on Ocado to “outperform”.

Shares in womenswear chain Bonmarche fell 2.6% after it reported a 40% fall in annual earnings.

The retailer admitted that the previous yr had been “tougher than we had anticipated”, with the market hit by a mix of rising costs and wages, uncertainty surrounding the Brexit referendum, and unseasonal climate.

On the forex markets, the pound rose zero.2% towards the greenback to $1.2797 and was zero.1% increased towards the euro at 1.1427 euros.