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(Close): The London market continued to inch closer to record levels, helped by signs of a healthy global economy.

US jobs figures released on Friday boosted sentiment, and shares in mining companies were lifted by news of a strong rise in Chinese exports.

The benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 16.79 points at 6875.00. Among the mining companies, Antofagasta rose 1.1% and BHP Billiton was up by 0.63%.

Lloyds fell 1.66% after it announced the price range for the TSB flotation.

It said shares in TSB would go on sale at between 220p and 290p each later this month. At the mid-point of the pricing range, Lloyds said TSB would have a market capitalisation of about £1.275bn.

Sports Direct International rose 1.48% after the retailer set out plans for a new bonus scheme that could lead to a big payout for founder Mike Ashley.

On the currency markets, the pound was unchanged against the dollar to $1.67970, and was up 0.37% against the euro at 1.23610 euros.