London’s premier index stormed to a two week high thanks as falling food inflation and hopes of a Chinese stimulus package lifted sentiment.

The bluechip FTSE 100 ended 1.7 per cent higher at 7,464.99 while the midcap FTSE 250 rose 1.9 per cent to 18,468.59. Many markets around the world saw strong trading yesterday, when trading was closed in the UK.

Investors were given a boost by data which showed that inflationary pressures in food continued to ease

Food inflation fell to 11.6 per cent in August, down from 14.3 per cent in July, according to fresh figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

“The punishing rate of price rises that shoppers have been enduring is easing off in the UK, which will provide some much needed relief after many months of double digit hikes in the cost of groceries,” Susannah Streeter, head of money and markets, Hargreaves Lansdown said.

On the FTSE commodity giants tracked metal prices higher after the Chinese government introduced some supportive measures for its stumbling economy, including slashing stamp duty on share trading.

AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould said: “Whether the medicine Beijing is doling out will deal with the causes rather than just the symptoms of its economic challenges is debatable, but for the time being it is at least doing enough to restore sentiment.”

Click here to read the full article



020 7071 3945


Throughout our site you will find links to external websites. Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, we cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.