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Data helps UK equities end on high

London Stock ExchangeFri close: Better than expected jobs news helped UK equities end the week on a high.

Miners were also up, with Anglo American, Glencore, BHP Billiton and Antofagasta, topping the FTSE 100 as metal prices rose.

US non-farm payrolls employment rose 242,000 in February, beating analysts’ expectations for a 195,000 increase.

Oil prices also increased again after US production fell and eased concerns about an oversupply.

Brent crude gained 1.9% to $37.79 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate grew 1.9% to $35.27 per barrel.

Shares in the London Stock Exchange were lower despite strong underlying growth in the full year.

EasyJet benefited from a rise in passenger numbers, the shares flying 4.5% higher to 1552p.

The FTSE 100 closed up 68.97p at 6,199.43.


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