A slump for mining stocks pushed the The slide came after it was reported that
Policymakers are thought likely to cut the ECB's benchmark interest rate from 0.25 per cent to stimulate lenders that deposit with it into providing finance to businesses and consumers.
The economic uncertainty impacted on miners, with
The pound strengthened against the US dollar and euro - at 1.67 and 1.23 respectively - after a raft of surveys pointed to further strong growth in the
The CBI said output was surging ahead at its strongest rate since at least 2003, while the British Chambers of Commerce upgraded its growth forecast for this year from 2.8 per cent to 3.1 per cent.
Shares rose nearly 4 per cent on Thursday and were up by another 2 per cent or 17p to 1046p, giving the
The Times newspaper said the potential pay-out would not be jeopardised by the company's planned pound(s)250 million acquisition of the Orchid pub company.
Shares were 6.1p higher at 420.8p in a session when other leisure- based firms also did well.
Conveyor belt manufacturer Fenner was the biggest faller in the
Shares dived 10 per cent or 39.7p to 350p as it said it expects profits will be reduced by 10-15 per cent relative to the current market forecast of pound(s)77.6 million.
The biggest fallers were
A slump for mining stocks pushed the
The slide came after it was reported that