(RTTNews) – U.K. stocks edged up slightly on Tuesday despite weak employment data and Vodafone’s disappointing outlook.
The U.K. unemployment rose slightly in the third quarter ahead of the economy entering a prolonged period of recession, the Office for National Statistics said.
The ILO jobless rate rose slightly to 3.6 percent during July to September from 3.5 percent in three months to August. The rate was forecast to remain unchanged at 3.5 percent.
The employment rate for July to September was 75.5 percent, largely unchanged on the previous quarter.
The benchmark FTSE 100 was up 0.1 percent at 7,395 after climbing 0.9 percent on Monday.
Telecom major Vodafone slumped nearly 6…