European markets moved higher on Tuesday but the FTSE 100 lagged behind in another quiet session.
"The quiet atmosphere persists across stock markets, as equities consolidate their gains ahead of the all-important US earnings season, which kicks off tomorrow with the big banks providing plenty of insight into the US economy," said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG.
Just Eat Takeaway (JET.L) shot to the top of the FTSE 100 after reporting its fourth consecutive quarter of order growth. JD Sports (JD.L) wasn't far behind after the company predicted a big rebound in profits for the year ahead.
Defence giant Babcock (BAB.L) soared to the top of the FTSE 250 after announcing a self-help plan that will see it hive off non-core assets and cut costs by £40m. Shares gained over 30%.
Data published early on Tuesday morning showed the early-stages of an economic recovery was already underway in Britain. UK GDP expanded by 0.4% in February, official data showed.
US stocks were mixed after hotly anticipated inflation data came in broadly in-line. Consumer prices rose 0.6% in March, against expectations of 0.5% growth.
Markets were broadly positive in Asia overnight. Japan's Nikkei (^N225) rallied 0.7%, South Korea's KOSPI (^KS11) rallied 1.1% and the Hong Kong Hang Seng (^HSI) climbed half a percent. China's Shanghai Composite (000001.SS) dropped 0.6%.
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