The U.K.’s benchmark stock index, the FTSE 100, rose 0.4 percent at 8:37 a.m.
The index of 102 stocks traded on the London Stock Exchange rose 22.08 to 5,454.45. Among the stocks in the index, 76 rose, 23 fell and three were unchanged.
Gains in the FTSE 100 were led by British American Tobacco Plc and GlaxoSmithKline Plc.
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