LONDON, April 23 Britain's FTSE 100 edged higher
in early deals on Tuesday thanks to a crop of upbeat corporate
earnings, but gains were capped by fresh signs of economic
weakness in China.
The blue-chip index was up 12.87 points, or 0.2 percent, at
6,293.49 points by 0708 GMT.
Chipmaker ARM jumped 6.7 percent, while conglomerate
Associated British Foods added 1.9 percent, after both
posted forecast-beating results.
Miners, however, were among the top fallers after data
showed activity in China's vast factory sector slowing back to
near-stagnation in April, casting fresh doubts over the strength
of metals demand for the world's top consumer.
(Reporting By Toni Vorobyova; Editing by Francesco Canepa)