Thomson ReutersMarch 6, 2013 08:45
* FTSE 100 up 0.4 percent
* Vodafone leads gainers on Verizon talk
* Melrose, Admiral, L&G rise post results
* Ex-divs knock 7.6 points off index
By Tricia Wright
LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) - Britain's top share index hit fresh five-year highs on Wednesday, helped by renewed reports of a potential merger between Vodafone and its U.S. joint venture partner Verizon.