The FTSE 100 made a last minute dash to close some 36 points higher at 6,086 led by Antofagasta as the Chilean copper miner benefited from a round of vague takeover talk. Antofagasta rose 4.6% to close at 530p.
Tesco registered just slim losses down just 1.01% at 393.5p by the close following its trading update this morning. London shares were helped by the positive start on Wall Street this afternoon, despite a batch of mixed economic data.
But nothing appeared to be able to help Woolworths which closed the day down 7.5% at 34p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased 33.17 points, or 0.3%, to 12,317.02 after growth at service industries unexpectedly accelerated, suggesting the largest part of the economy is expanding fast enough for companies to meet profit forecasts.
Kroger, the biggest US supermarket chain, has gained after it said third-quarter profit exceeded analysts' estimates. AutoZone, the largest seller of car parts, has also climbed after lower purchasing costs boosted earnings.
Kroger has risen $1.51 to $23.84. Third-quarter profit rose 16% as it offered discounts to win shoppers from Wal-Mart Stores. Net income climbed to 30 cents a share, beating analysts' estimates.
AutoZone has climbed $2.90 to $117.37. The company said first-quarter profit was $1.73 a share, beating the average analyst estimate of $1.68 a share, including 2 cents of special costs.
Starbucks is also up $1.21, or 3.4%, to $36.96 as analysts raised their recommendation on the world's largest coffee-shop chain to “buy” from “neutral” today.IFAonline
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