June 29, 2020 / 7:36 AM / 6 days ago

London shares muted as global COVID-19 deaths cross half a million

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* FTSE 100 up 0.1%, FTSE 250 adds 0.2%

June 29 (Reuters) - London shares were muted on Monday as investors feared a second round of lockdowns with global COVID-19 deaths crossing half a million, while a record plunge in British private-sector activity underlined the economic toll of the pandemic.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 was up 0.1%, with slight gains in industrials, consumer discretionary and financial stocks offsetting a decline in the consumer staples sector.

The mid-cap FTSE 250 rose 0.2%, led by auto , construction and travel and leisure stocks.

Lender Morses Club fell 4% as online accounts provided by it were frozen following action by British regulators against the UK unit of collapsed payments services firm Wirecard. (Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)

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