FTSE 100 adds 2% on positive data

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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 18 Dec 2014, 11:36 ET *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
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FTSE 250 Index

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FTSE 350 Index

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FTSE All Share Index

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FTSE Techmark Index

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(Close): London's benchmark index rose 2% as investors welcomed news that UK retail sales had risen at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years.

Additionally, news that US central bank would take a "patient" approach to raising interest rates buoyed international markets.

The FTSE 100 closed up 129.52 points, or 2%, at 6,466.

Financial services firms Old Mutual and Aberdeen Asset Management both rose by more than 5%.

Brewer SABMiller added 5.6%, while British tech firm ARM Holdings added 4.9%.

British Airways owner IAG ended the day 4.5% higher, after revealing that the Irish carrier Aer Lingus had rejected its takeover offer.

Aer Lingus shares, meanwhile, were almost 9% higher.

The pound was up 0.6% against the dollar at $1.5662 and rose by 1% against the euro to €1.2742.

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