London’s FTSE 100 held steady on Tuesday as banks offset a jump in Primark-owner Associated British Foods that was fueled by upbeat earnings outlook and dividend.
AB Foods jumped 6.2% to the top of the blue-chip index after it forecast a significant increase in sales and profit at its Primark fashion chain in its new financial year and announced a special dividend.
The FTSE 100 index was flat by 0819 GMT, while the domestically focussed mid-cap index added 0.2%.
Weighing on the markets, the banking sector fell 0.5%, with HSBC, Barclays and Lloyds all down about 1%.
Homebuilders gained 0.6% after Persimmon and Vistry Group Plc highlighted strong demand in the housing market and forecast upbeat outlook despite supply chain pressures. (Reporting by Bansari Mayur Kamdar in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)