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(Close): London's leading share index saw gains on Wednesday as world stock markets rallied amid signs of peace in Ukraine.

The FTSE 100 share index ended the day up 44.41 points, or 0.65%, at 6,873.58, its highest close since December 1999.

Positive data on the state of the UK economy also encouraged investors, with the services sector seeing growth.

The pound has yet to recover from earlier falls, however.

The currency's value has been hit by concerns among investors around recent gains in the Scottish independence "Yes" campaign in the polls.

It fell 0.13% to $1.6448, down from the 1.66 level seen overnight, and has also fallen slightly further against the euro.

In Ukraine, reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko had reached a deal on a permanent ceasefire buoyed markets.

But among the fallers on the markets was stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown, which saw its shares drop 5.8%, despite reporting a rise in assets under management and net profits for the first half of the year.