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London shares rise to record high

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A strong performance from precious metals companies helped London's FTSE 100 index to its second closing high this week.

The FTSE was up 14.18 points at 7,120.26.

A weaker performance on Wall Street overnight had earlier held back investors.

Randgold and Fresnillo were again both in the top five gainers, adding almost 5% to Wednesday's 5% rise. Barclays and Ashtead Group were top five fallers.

On the currency markets, the pound was flat against the dollar at $1.2232 but fell 0.7% against the euro to €1.166.

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