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FTSE helped by weaker sterling
The FTSE 100 is up about 25 points at 7,542, helped by a 0.15% fall in the pound to $1.3170.
The ONS said UK wage growth edged above forecasts, bolstering expectations for a Bank of England rate hike before the year is out.
Shares in household products giant Reckitt Benckiser were down about 1.3% after the firm cut its full-year sales forecast. Reckitt is struggling with fallout from a cyber attack, a failed product launch and a safety scandal in South Korea.
The biggest faller on the blue-chip index is Merlin Entertainments, off 2.1% after brokers cut their target prices after it reported meagre like-for-like growth yesterday.
The FTSE 100 has made modest gains as trading gets underway, adding 0.2% to 7.529 points.
Reckitt Benckiser has slipped 2% following that slide in sales, but Foxtons is up 2.8%.
FTSE ends at new high
The FTSE 100 has closed at a record high of 7,556.24 points, partly following a fall in sterling sparked by concerns about the state of Brexit negotiations.