London Markets: Unilever helps lift FTSE 100, with ECB’s Draghi in focus

U.K. stocks bounced higher Thursday, with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream maker Unilever PLC gaining after its earnings report, one of a stream of financial releases.

Stocks remained higher after the release of a report on British retail sales, and after the European Central Bank said it will hold its key interest rates steady.

The ECB also said it will keep buying 60 billion euros of government bonds and other assets each month through December, “or beyond, if necessary.” Attention will now swing to ECB President Mario Draghi, who is holding a press conference that started at 1:30 p.m. London time, or 8:30 a.m.

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