Lloyds surge bolsters FTSE 100

  • 22 February 2017
  • From the section Business
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London's leading shares edged higher in Wednesday morning trading, with Lloyds Bank the top gainer after posting its highest profit in a decade.

By lunchtime, Lloyds was 3.6% higher after announcing that its profit for last year was up 158%.

The figures were helped by a reduction in payment protection insurance provisions.

Overall, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 4.45 points or 0.06% at 7,279.28.

Housebuilder Barratt was another big riser, up 2% after unveiling an 8.8% rise in half-yearly profits.

The announcement lifted the sector, with rivals Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey adding 0.5% and 0.9% respectively.

On the currency markets, the pound was 0.3% lower against the US dollar at $1.2435 and steady against the euro at 1.1842 euros.