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* FTSE 100 up 0.6%, FTSE 250 adds 0.6%
Nov 5 (Reuters) - London stocks rose on Thursday after the Bank of England extended a stimulus programme to cushion Britain's struggling economy, as it goes into a second coronavirus lockdown.
The BoE raised the size of its already huge asset purchase programme by a further 150 billion pounds ($195 billion) and said it expects Britain's economy to shrink by 11% in 2020, more severe than the 9.5% contraction it had forecast in August. minister Rishi Sunak is set to speak later in the day, with a report saying the government will extend its pandemic bailout schemes even after the lockdown ends on December 2. distributor Inchcape Plc INCH.L jumped 5.5% after it reported a better-than-expected third quarter and forecast its second half to be ahead of market view, helped by pent-up demand for new and used cars.
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