Stock markets around the world staged a recovery in 2009 since March, when most of them hit their lows for the year.
It was a year in which governments and central banks around the world took extraordinary measures to get their economies growing
In London, the FTSE saw its biggest annual gain since 1997, rising 22% over the course of the year running on parr with Germany’s 23% and France’s at 22.%
Analysts said the advances were driven by the recovering global economy
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