FTSE 100 soars to record closing high, with oil firms among strongest risers

Britain’s main share index climbs 0.7% to clock off at 7,787.97 points

Strong oil prices and the falling value of sterling pushed Britain’s main share index to its highest ever closing level on Thursday.

The FTSE 100 climbed 0.7% to close at 7,787.97 points, just short of its record intraday high of 7,792.56 points hit in mid-January.

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