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FTSE 100 rises with Merlin shares up amid Seaworld deal talk

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Shares in theme park operator Merlin Entertainments were among the biggest risers on the FTSE amid reports it is considering a deal with Seaworld.Reports say that Merlin – which runs Legoland parks and owns Madame Tussauds – is interested in buying parts of Seaworld, although Seaworld would prefer to sell itself whole.Merlin shares were up 1.3% shortly after trading began.The FTSE 100 index rose 20.12 points to 7,487.70.Among the smaller companies, shares in sofa specialist DFS fell nearly 4% after it reported a 22% fall in full-year profits, citing a “very challenging” market.On the currency markets, the pound fell 0.4% against the dollar to $1.3195 and was 0.6% lower against the euro at €1.1204.
Source: BBC