The FTSE 100 index has added 15.7 points to 4995.5 at its close and is now extremely close to the 5,000 mark, led by asset management firm Schroders.
Schroders has helped boost the UK benchmark to within a whisper of a major psychological figure of 5,000 point - last seen in the first week of June 2002 - after adding 24.5p to 793p.
Brunzl, along with broadcasting company ITV, closed 11.75p higher to 476.75p and 3p up to 122p respectively.
On the other end of the scale, aluminium specialist Corus declined 1.5p to 56.5p along with cleaning products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser, down 26p to 1581p.
In the US the Dow Jones has added 22.02 points to 10,737.78 points led by Intel up $0.48 to $23.39.
Boeing is also up $0.80 to $53.30 in morning trading.
Leading the drop, however, is International Paper, which has shed $0.42 to $38.18, while Amec has lost $0.38 to $55.18.IFAonline
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