Persimmon shares surged 4.2% on Tuesday after it posted a 29% jump in half year pre-tax profits and said the EU referendum result had not stopped buyers.

The housebuilder reported double digit increases in both its private sales reservation rate and site visits from potential buyers since the start of July.

The results helped drive strong increases in the shares of other housebuilders. Taylor Wimpey closed up 4%, Barratt 4.9% and Bellway 6.1%.

The strong performance of the housebuilders helped the FTSE 100 rise by 0.59% to close at 6,869. Miners also made strong gains recovering ground lost in recent days.

Meanwhile, Hansteen shares closed up 1% after the investor in light industrial property reported an 11.9% jump in net asset value per share in half year results. The company’s share price has gained ground since the Brexit vote, partly thanks to its strong presence in Europe and focus on the robust industrial sector.