FTSE 100 bolstered by Persimmon update

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Housebuilder Persimmon boosted the London market after the company reported strong sales growth.

The company said private sales in the second half of the year were up 15% from a year earlier.

For the year as a whole, it completed the sale of 15,171 homes, a rise of 4%, while revenues climbed 8% to £3.14bn.

Shares in Persimmon rose 7%, and its statement helped to lift shares across the sector. Barratt Developments added 2.8% while Taylor Wimpey rose 5%.

The FTSE 100 closed at yet another high - its sixth consecutive record - rising by 5.57 points to end at 7,195.31.

Rolls-Royce was the worst performing share in the FTSE 100. It fell 4.1% to 639.5p after JP Morgan reduced its price target for the stock.

On the currency markets, the pound was little changed against the dollar at $1.2422 and dropped 0.26% against the euro to €1.1717.

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