London equities rose in early trading Monday as investors digested news that the eurozone had given Greece a new ultimatum and delayed a decision on a debt rescue.
The FTSE 100 benchmark index of leading shares gained 0.23 percent to 5,913.65 points in opening deals.
Eurozone ministers have called off a meeting on the rescue to avert imminent default for Greece, complaining that Athens still had not fulfilled two vital conditions, with time running out for a debt restructuring.
Investors were also awaiting British statistics on unemployment and inflation, due for release Wednesday.
Source: AFP European Edition