The UK Oil and Gas index rose 0.9 per cent as crude rose for a second day, helped by expectations that a global supply glut is easing and by fighting in oil-producing Iraq. Oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and BP both rose about one per cent.
Miners BHP Billiton and Antofagasta gained nearly one per cent each after a survey showed Chinese factory activity contracted for a third month in May, suggesting weakness persists in the world’s biggest metals consumer. That helped lift the UK mining index 0.4 per cent.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended 0.1 per cent higher at 7,013,47 points, leaving it less than two per cent below a record high of 7,122.74 points reached in April. The FTSE remains up by around seven per cent since the start of 2015.