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(Close): Scotland's vote against independence gave share prices a boost but an early rally in the pound ran out of steam.

The benchmark FTSE 100 share index closed higher up 0.27% at 6837.92.

After rising sharply at first, the pound was down 0.52% against the dollar at $1.63140 but was 0.13% higher against the euro at 1.2705 euros.

Financial stocks with a strong link to Scotland climbed, with RBS up 2.46% and Lloyds Banking Group rising 1.25%.

Analysts welcomed the end of the uncertainty that had affected the markets in recent weeks.

Azad Zangana, European economist at Schroders, said: "The prospects of months of messy negotiations, uncertainty over the division of national assets and debt, and the currency arrangements of an independent Scotland had been weighing on the confidence of investors over the past few weeks, especially as polls had tightened."

Shares in GlaxoSmithKline rose 0.87% despite the pharmaceutical giant being fined £297m over bribery offences in China.

Mick Cooper, analyst at Edison Investment Research in London, said: "GlaxoSmithKline will hope that this will draw a line under events in China, but it will take time for its Chinese commercial operations to recover."