The blue-chip index rose 0.5%, with oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell climbing 0.7% and 1% respectively, on higher crude prices. [O/R]
Large dollar-earning consumer staples companies including Reckitt Benckiser Group, Diageo and Unilever provided the biggest boost to the index.
The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 0.3%, touching a record high.
Bloomsbury Publishing added 5.5% as the Harry Potter publisher declared a special dividend and lifted targets for the current year, after strong book sales during lockdowns drove a 22% surge in its annual earnings. Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu