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* COVID-19 Delta spread slows UK economic recovery in July
* FTSE 100, FTSE 250 down 1.5% and 1.9%, respectively, for
* British Airways owner IAG slips on CS's price target cut
* FTSE 100 up 0.1%, FTSE 250 off 0.3%
Sept 10 (Reuters) - The FTSE 100 ended higher on Friday, but
posted its worst weekly performance since mid-August as data
showed the pace of domestic economic recovery stalled in July
against the backdrop of a surge in COVID-19 cases and supply
The blue-chip index ended 0.1% up with miners
leading the gains, while the domestically focused mid-cap FTSE
250 index dropped 0.3% weighed by real estate and
Wider mining index added 1.5% and was the
best performing sub-sector index with stocks including Rio Tinto
, Glencore and Anglo American up between
1.2% and 1.8%.
Economic output rose just 0.1% in July, the Office for
National Statistics said, the smallest monthly increase since
January when Britain went into a new national lockdown.
"Isolation rules have been relaxed...The vaccination roll
out has continued apace and Delta appears to have been kept at
bay, at least for now. August's figures will be colored by the
bright palate of summer, but September seems to have brought a
new term full of old normals," said Danni Hewson, financial
analyst at AJ Bell.
A resurgence in COVID-19 cases globally has sparked fresh
worries about whether the vaccine-backed economic recovery can
be sustained, with the FTSE 100 and the FTSE 250 down about 1.5%
and 1.9%, respectively, for the week.
Meanwhile, a Reuters poll found the Bank of England will
raise borrowing costs by end-2022, earlier than previously
thought, with a chance it may come even sooner as a solid
pandemic recovery and high inflation may tip the bank's hand.
All eyes will be on Britain's job data for July as those
figures will show the extent of labor shortage in the nation
amid employers struggling to find job candidates.
British airways owner IAG slipped 4.1% after Credit
Suisse cut its price target on the stock.
French luxury group LVMH gained 0.8% after HSBC
upgraded the stock to "buy" from "hold." Rival Burberry Group
(Reporting by Devik Jain and Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by
Shounak Dasgupta and Devika Syamnath)