Santa rally sends UK stock market to all-time high as FTSE 100 index of top shares closes at record level

• FTSE 100 index of leading shares ends the day on 7,106.08 - 37.91 points or 0.5 per cent higher
• Two points higher than the previous record closing figure of 7,104 set on April 27 this year
• The term Santa rally emerges from the fact that the Footsie has risen in 26 of the past 32 Decembers