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* FTSE 100 down 0.2%, FTSE 250 adds 0.1%
Feb 9 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 fell on Tuesday after a solid start to the week, as a stronger pound outweighed a set of upbeat earnings, while data showed a nationwide lockdown hurt consumer spending in January.
The pound jumped to a near 34-month high, weighing on the export-heavy index, as the dollar .DXY languished near its lowest in a week. retail index .FTNMX5370 fell 0.2% after surveys showed British consumer spending plunged at the fastest rate in seven months. Plc BWY.L rose 2.8% after the homebuilder reported strong demand for new homes, as low lending rates and a temporary cut in stamp duty boosted activity in the sector. Group OCDO.L dropped 3.8%, even after the online grocer and technology group reported a 69% increase in 2019-20 core earnings.
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