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Consumer Staples, Industrials Lift UK Shares On Economic Recovery Bets

UK shares inched higher on Monday, supported by consumer staples and industrials stocks as the economic recovery gathered pace.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index climbed 0.4%, with consumer staples including Diageo Plc, Unilever Plc and Ocado Group being the biggest gainers on the index.

"The markets have not gotten over the inflation issue but they are not as worried about it as they were two weeks ago," said Connor Campbell, an analyst at Spreadex.

"Whether that resilience will continue will be dependent on what the Fed says on Wednesday and then what the Bank of England says on Thursday."

The FTSE 100 has rebounded more than 37% from a coronavirus-driven crash last year, but the pace of gains has slowed recently as investors fear a vaccine-led economic recovery could lead to higher inflation.

Improvement In Economic Outlook

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said that a recent rise in interest rates in financial markets was consistent with an improvement in the economic outlook.

British businesses are more likely to expect a rebound in activity this year than their counterparts abroad, and expectations of a pick-up in growth are stronger than at any point since 2015, a survey showed.

The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index rose 0.4%, led by gains in industrials stocks.

Deliveroo IPO

Food delivery company Deliveroo plans to sell around £1 billion ($1.39 billion) of new shares in its upcoming initial public offering, expected to be the biggest London listing in more than seven years.

SThree rose 0.6%, after saying its first-quarter performance had returned to pre-pandemic levels and exceeded its expectations.

Flutter Entertainment, the world's largest online betting group, jumped 6.9% to the top of blue-chip index, after saying it was considering listing a small shareholding of its US FanDuel business.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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