The FTSE 100 rose slightly on Monday as defensive stocks offset falls in the mining sector.
At close, the blue chip index was up 0.2 per cent to stand at 5805.61, while the French Cac 40 and the German Dax were up 0.9 and 0.4 per cent respectively.
Admiral Group has made the biggest gain in the FTSE 100 with its shares rising 2.9 per cent. Banks also made gains with Standard Chartered and Barclays up 2.4 and 2 per cent respectively.
Mining stocks saw the biggest losses on Monday, with Kazakhmys the biggest faller down 3.6 per cent. Eurasian Natural Resources and Evraz were down 2.8 and 2.2 per cent respectively.