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Britain’s top equity index may regain some poise next year after a brutal 2018, but gains will be much more muted than originally expected, brokers, fund managers, and analysts predicted in a Reuters poll on Wednesday.

Key points

UK’s FTSE 100 share index  to reach 7,357 in mid-2019; 7,500 by end-2019 (vs 7,800; 7,900 in Aug poll)

FTSE 100 to end 2018 at 7,185 points

Cheap stocks, high dividend yields could lure investors back