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Consumer staples, industrials stocks lift UK shares

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* FTSE 100 up 0.6%, FTSE 250 adds 0.4%

March 15 (Reuters) - UK shares inched higher on Monday, supported by consumer staples and industrials stocks as the economic recovery gathered pace, while recruiter SThree rose after its performance returned to pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index climbed 0.6%, with consumer staples including Diageo Plc, Unilever Plc and Ocado Group being the biggest gainers on the index.

The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index rose 0.4%, led by gains in industrials stocks.

British businesses are more likely to expect a rebound in activity this year than their counterparts abroad, and expectations of a pick-up in growth are stronger than at any point since 2015, a survey showed.

Food delivery company Deliveroo plans to sell around 1 billion pounds ($1.39 billion) of new shares in its upcoming initial public offering, expected to be the biggest London listing in more than seven years.

SThree rose 0.6%, after saying its first-quarter performance had returned to pre-pandemic levels and exceeded its expectations. (Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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