London (AFP) - London shares edged higher in early trade on Tuesday, with homebuilder Barratt Developments and Imperial Tobacco Group the morning's star performers.
By 8:38 am the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 28.9 points, or 0.43 percent, at 6,770.15.
Barratt climbed 2.62 percent to 367.6 pence while Imperial Tobacco was 1.78 percent higher at 2,571.00 pence.
Imperial on Tuesday issued a nine-month interim management statement showing sales growth in emerging markets and "resilience" in established markets.
Miner BHP Billiton was the morning's biggest faller, down 3.48 percent at 1,995.0 pence despite posting full-year results earlier on Tuesday showing a 23.2 percent rise in net profit.
The firm also said it was spinning off parts of its non-core business.