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FTSE 100 to close in the green; Rishi Sunak urges companies to go back to offices after lockdown [Video]

Britain's index of leading shares finished firmly ahead, up over 65 points, or 0.99%, at 6,740 with commodities stocks booming.

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5.05pm: FTSE closes ahead

FTSE 100 closed on Friday almost 1% higher as global markets enjoyed an uptick on the last day of the trading week.

Britain's index of leading shares finished firmly ahead, up over 65 points, or 0.99%, at 6,740 with commodities stocks booming.

The more UK company focused FTSE 250 was also strong, adding almost 209 points, or 0.98%, at 21,486.

Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at trading group IG, noted the rebound that started yesterday on Wall Street had carried over into the Asian session and then on into Europe.

"A steady recovery for the FTSE 100 will come as welcome news for UK investors, and with the mid-cap FTSE 250 making even stronger gains there is reason to hope that the UK’s better performance on …

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