Mining stocks boost for FTSE 100

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(Close): London's leading shares closed higher on Tuesday, led by a strong performance from mining stocks.

Anglo American led the pack, rising 4.55% on the strength of a well received production report which left most of its output targets unchanged.

Other miners followed suit. Rio Tinto gained 4.5% Glencore added 3.6%, while BHP Billiton was up 3%.

Overall, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 31.2 points or 0.45% at 7,017.64.

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread dropped 3.75% despite announcing a 3.4% rise in half-year profits to £263.6m, making it the worst performer on the 100-share index.

Engineering group GKN also fared badly after warning of a tougher macro-economic environment. Its shares fell 2.9%.

On the currency markets, the pound fell 0.44% against the dollar to $1.2184 and also declined 0.52% against the euro to €1.1192.