Stock markets have hit record highs this evening.

London’s top share index soared to new levels as real estate stocks extended gains from a rebound in property prices.

The DAX in Frankfurt also ended the week on a record high, up 1.7% at 12,375.           

Hopes of more easy money from leading central banks pushed Japan's Nikkei index past 20,000 points for the first time in 15 years.

The FTSE 100 in London ended up 1.1% at 7,090 points, its highest ever closing level.

It had earlier set an intraday record high of 7,095, beating its earlier all-time peak of 7,065 points from March.             

Uncertainty before next month's British election has weakened sterling, but the benchmark UK stock market has continued to push higher and is up around 8% since the start of 2015.             

Equity traders said a weak pound could help British exporters and that individual companies were still seeing a lot of positive developments.