The domestically focussed mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 0.4%. Restaurant Group jumped 3% after the Frankie & Benny’s owner said sales were recovering nicely as Britons stepped out to dine after the lifting of lockdowns.
Royal Mail climbed 4.3% after Peel Hunt upgraded the stock to “buy” from “hold”.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose 0.1%, with industrial software company Aveva adding 4.3% after saying the business environment had improved in most of its major markets, giving it confidence about the year ahead.
However, gains on the index were limited as a stronger pound weighed on large dollar-earning consumer staple companies including British American Tobacco, Diageo and Imperial Brands. [GBP=] Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu