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Last Updated at 16 Mar 2018, 16:36 GMT *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
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(Close): Strong figures on the US economy and comments from the European Central Bank sent the London markets higher.

The FTSE 100 index gained 48.8 points, up 0.72%, at 6865.2.

The index is less than 100 points away from the all-time record close of 6930 set in December 1999.

The closely watched jobs report in the US, known as non-farm payrolls, showed employment up 288,000 in June, more than had been expected.

The European Central Bank's president Mario Draghi repeated that the bank stood ready to provide more stimulus to the Eurozone economy, should it be required.

The biggest gainer on the FTSE 10 was Sports Direct International, up 5.63% after shareholders were finally persuaded to vote through a controversial bonus scheme.

Miner Antofagasta surged 4.9 percent as copper climbed to its highest in more than four months.

Balfour Beatty fell 4.5% after it warned that trading at its mechanical and electrical engineering unit had worsened, hitting profits by £35m.

But it expects to offset that by "public-private partnership disposals" later this year. Overall it says profits should be unaffected.

Shares in Poundland rose 4% after it reported its first set of results since its flotation. Sales for the year to 30 March rose 13.3% to £997m, with underlying profits up 23.5% at £36.8m.

On the currency markets, the strong US jobs data pushed the dollar higher against the pound which fell 0.08% against the dollar to $1.7153, and gained 0.29% against the euro to 1.22604 euros.