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Markets were buoyed by testimony from new US Federal Reserve chair
On the currency markets, the prospect of continuing low interest rates in the US saw the pound strengthen against the greenback, up
Overall underlying profit for the final three months of 2013 was also significantly lower, plunging by pound(s)1.2bn quarter on quarter to pound(s)191 million, after being dragged down by factors such as litigation and regulation penalties. Shares were off 10.3p at 264.7p.
Supermarkets also featured on the fallers' board after Kantar Worldpanel reported the weakest growth in the overall grocery sector since 2005.
It said till rolls were 2.4% higher in the 12 weeks to
Tesco shares were 5p lower at 318.7p and
Sainsbury's was 7.3p down at 348.9p, despite growing its market share to 17.1% in the latest Kantar figures.
Non-food retailers looked to have fared better over the winter after the
Furniture and flooring retailers have been among those to benefit, prompting shares in B&Q owner Kingfisher to rise 11.7p to 376.8p.
The company has been impacted by the political turmoil in
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