Miners help drive FTSE 100 higher

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The FTSE 100 has held on to its early gains, helped by mining stocks which are rising on the back of higher metals prices.

The benchmark share index is up 0.56% at 7,139.2. Publisher Pearson, up 2.9%, leads the risers.

Dixons Carphone, whose chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, is moving to TalkTalk, fell 1%.

FTSE-250 listed TalkTalk, whose chief executive Baroness Dido Harding is to step down in May, rose 7.4%.

Europe's two other main indexes, Frankfurt's Dax and the Cac 40 in Paris, rose 1% and 1.2% respectively.

On the currency markets, the pound was up 0.52% against the dollar at $1.2644. Against the euro, sterling was up 0.46% at 1.1703 euros.