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London's index closes higher
Travel company Tui led the risers and Just Eat topped the loser list on the London market on Tuesday.
Overall the FTSE share index ended the day 0.48%, or 33.48 points higher at 7,076.41.
Sterling holds its nerve
The pound held fairly steady on Tuesday despite an inflation report that showed prices were rising at a slightly slower pace than had been expected.
That could have undermined prospects for an interest rate rise in the near future, but because inflation was still within the margins of expectations, investors weren't really shaken and confidence in sterling was only slightly dented.
Coming up to the close of trading the pound is down just 0.1% against the dollar at $1.4011.
Fenner shares up 25% on takeover deal
Engineering firm Fenner, which makes conveyor belts, is currently the star performer on the London stock markets. The FTSE 250-listed firm has gained more than 25% on the news that it is to be bought by French tyremaker Michelin in a £1.2bn deal. Overall, the FTSE 250 is up 0.35%, while the 100-share index is 0.5% higher.
Sterling mixed after inflation data release
The pound is having a mixed day on the currency markets after the release of the latest UK inflation data. It's now 0.11% down on the day against the dollar at $1.40100, but it's still in positive territory against the euro, up 0.18% at €1.13900.
Sterling reacts to inflation figures
The pound has dipped in reaction to the bigger-than-expected fall in UK inflation, but is still up on the day. It's trading at $1.4045 against the dollar and €1.1387 against the euro.
FTSE 100 makes modest gains
The FTSE 100 has opened higher and is currently up about 0.3%. Top gainers are advertising giant WPP and broadcaster ITV, both up about 1.4%, while consumer goods firm Reckitt Benckiser is the biggest loser, down more than 1.1%.
Carpetright shares slide
Shares in Carpetright have fallen more than 11% on fears that the struggling retailer may close stores and cut jobs.
It may opt for a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which would let it close loss-making stores and cut rental costs on some of its 409 UK shops.
That would see Carpetright join the likes of fashion retailer New Look and restaurant chains Byron, Prezzo and Jamie's Italian, which have all instituted CVAs since the start of the year.
A spokesman for Carpetright said: "As announced on March 1 we are examining a range of options to accelerate the turnaround of the business and strengthen its balance sheet. This process is ongoing and the group will update the market on these initiatives as required."
Carpetright shares are just under 50p, valuing the company at a princely £33m.
Pound continues to rally over Brexit optimism
The pound has continued to gather momentum during the news conference by David Davies and Michel Barnier.
It is trading more than a cent higher at $1.4045.
Against the euro it is up almost a euro cent at €1,1430.
Micro Focus fall hits FTSE
It's not every day that a FTSE 100 company sees its share price more than halve, so the collapse in Micro Focus' share price has - unsurprisingly - helped to drag the main UK share index lower.
The FTSE 100 index is currently down 93.22 points, or 1.3%, at 7070.92. Micro Focus shares have now lost 56%, and mining shares are also weighing on the index.
Barclays is the standout riser on the index, gaining nearly 4% following the news that activist investor Sherborne now has voting rights of just over 5%.