The benchmark index of leading shares advanced 32.57 points to close at 6,755.63 on Monday, its highest since September 2000, as global markets continued to power upwards.
David Cameron failed to raise Google's tax affairs when he met the company's chairman Eric Schmidt in Downing Street yesterday, it has emerged.
Apple on Monday sought to pre-empt accusations of tax avoidance from an influential US Senate committee, publishing its written submission to the committee the day before Tim Cook, chief executive, was due to testify.
Shares in FirstGroup plunged 30 per cent on Monday as investors balked at a �615m rights issue and the scrapping of its dividend.
High inflation has cost the economy �10billion over the last three years, according to Ernst & Young. The accountants warn households face spiralling energy and food bills and rail fares.