Around the World's Markets: London

SHARES closed higher in light trading, boosted by a strong opening on Wall Street. This set the tone for the afternoon session, helping the FTSE 100 to close 53.1 points higher at 6,101.4. The FTSE 250 continued its winning run, 27.9 up to 5,314.8, and the small cap finished 6.9 higher at 2,289.4.

However, dealers said trading was restrained as the market awaited the European Central Bank's decision on euro interest rates and today's release of US employment figures.

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