Updates from National Grid, Carpetright and PZ Cussons

Adrian Holliday

The FTSE 100 breached the 6,300 barrier yesterday - the first time since late Spring 2008 - but ended Monday at 6,294.4. Barclays was the biggest individual riser, up +1.71% while Evraz saw the heaviest stumble, down -2.10%.

Overnight, Asian markets powered ahead on earnings optimism. The Japanese Nikkei climbed +0.5% though Hong Kong's Hang Seng ended -0.2% down.