The share values of the world’s main listed exchanges grew by 6.4 per cent in September compared with the previous month, signalling “further signs that the sector is returning to buoyancy”, according to the FTSE Mondo Visione Exchanges Index.

Sixteen of the 18 exchanges listed on the index saw growth in the past month, with BM&F Bovespa leading the charge. Its share price rose by 17.6 per cent last month, and by 65.7 per cent over the past year.

Herbie Skeete, managing director of Mondo Visione, said: “It looks as though the exchange sector is beginning to return to health. Listed exchanges have been forced to engage in some significant cost cutting in order to improve performance and remain competitive.

“Year to date, we are, however, seeing the recovery continue and the exchanges sector persist in outpacing the rest of the market.”

The index’s worst performer was Nasdaq OMX, whose shares fell 4.1 per cent in September.

Compared with September 2008, the share price of CME Group fell 17 per cent last month, that of Deutsche Börse fell by 9 per cent and the London Stock Exchange by 11 per cent.

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