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3i surges on strong earnings, leading UK shares higher



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UK shares gained ground in Thursday trading, after falls overnight on Wall Street and in most of Asia.

The benchmark FTSE 100 gained 0.34% to close at 6,973.04.

Private equity firm 3i Group was the biggest gainer, rising 3% after a strong set of full-year results.

The company, which owns the Agent Provocateur lingerie business, says its net asset value had increased by 14% to 396p a share.

Mondi was another big winner in the FTSE 100, adding nearly 2.8%.

On Wednesday, shares in the packaging company jumped nearly 9% after the company reported a 29% rise in first-quarter operating profits.

Three of the five biggest losers on the 100-share index were companies going ex-dividend.

GlaxoSmithKline, Kingfisher and Aberdeen Asset Management all shed more than 1%.

On the currency markets, the pound hit a five month high against the dollar, trading at $1.5748, but was little changed against the euro at €1.3868.