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UK shares inch higher on election day
Published at 12/12/2019 at 08:27

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* FTSE 100, FTSE 250 up 0.2%

* Britain goes to polls

* John Laing lags mid-caps

Dec 12 (Reuters) - UK shares inched higher in thin trading on Thursday as Britons begin casting their votes in a general election that could decide the fate of Brexit.

The FTSE 100 added 0.3% by 0809 GMT, boosted by financial stocks and miners, though a stronger sterling hit exporters such as British American Tobacco and capped gains.

The more domestically-inclined FTSE 250 advanced 0.2%, while infrastructure firm John Laing underperformed with a near 8% drop after saying it expects annual net asset value to miss market estimates.

Polls in the run-up to the election had indicated that Boris Johnson's Conservative Party would win a majority, but recent estimates have shown that its lead over the opposition Labour Party narrow, stoking worries of a hung parliament.

(Reporting by Muvija M and Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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