Britain’s shares rallied to snap two days of declines amid thin trading volumes in the run-up to the Christmas holiday.
BG Group Plc gained 2.2 percent, posting the biggest increase in the FTSE 100 Index, as oil prices rebounded. BP Plc also rose. Banks including Barclays Plc and Standard Chartered Plc followed European lenders higher, climbing at least 1.3 percent.
The FTSE 100 Index rose 0.5 percent to 6,065.2, on track for a 7.6 percent decline this year. The volume of shares changing hands was 39 percent lower than the 30-day average. The FTSE All-Share Index added 0.5 percent while Ireland’s ISEQ Index increased 0.1 percent.