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The UK inventory market closed barely increased as mining shares rose on the again of sturdy commerce knowledge from China.

The FTSE 100 share index completed up by 25.62 factors at 7,255.12, with miners dominating the risers board.

Rio Tinto climbed 5.6%, Antofagasta rose four.9% and Anglo American was up four.eight%.

The shares had been boosted by knowledge from China displaying better-than-expected progress in imports and exports final month, and this lifted steel costs.

Within the FTSE 250, shares in Simply Eat fell 6.5% after the chief government of the web meals supply agency, David Buttress, mentioned he was standing down because of “pressing household issues”.

Greene King shares fell three.2% following the pub operator’s newest buying and selling replace. The corporate mentioned underlying gross sales rose four.5% over the Christmas interval, pushed by sturdy gross sales in London.

On the foreign money markets, the pound was given a short enhance by the discharge of stronger-than-expected manufacturing figures.

Nonetheless, the spike in sterling didn’t final, and by 1630gmt the pound was little modified against the dollar at $1.2505 and up zero.14% against the euro at 1.1742 euros.