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Oct 13 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down
20-25 points, or 0.3-0.4 percent, on Thursday, according to financial
bookmakers, with futures down 0.11 percent ahead of the cash market
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.7 percent lower at 7,024.01 points on
Wednesday, partly hurt by currency moves which weighed on some of its global
* UNILEVER: Price increases helped Unilever report a
smaller-than-expected slowdown in third-quarter sales on Thursday.
* SKY: European pay-TV group Sky reported a 5 percent rise in
underlying revenue in its first quarter, in line with its expectations in a year
when it is paying higher costs for the premium soccer and entertainment content
* BOOKER GROUP: Booker Group Plc, Britain's biggest cash-and-carry
wholesaler, said tobacco sales for the 24 weeks to Sept. 9 were down 5.6
percent, hurt by a ban on small stores displaying tobacco products.
* SPORTS DIRECT: Sports Direct said its chief financial officer had
quit to take up a new job, the second management change in less than a month at
the British retailer which is trying to mend its battered image.
* HARGREAVES LANSDOWN: British fund supermarket Hargreaves Lansdown
said assets under administration rose 9.5 percent in the three months to
end-September, buoyed by market gains, although the pace of new business had
slowed as investor sentiment waned.
* JUPITER FUND: Jupiter Fund Management posted a nine percent rise
in assets under management in the third quarter on Thursday, helped by market
and currency movements.
* TI FLUID SYSTEMS: Auto parts maker TI Fluid Systems IPO-TIFU.L said on
Thursday it had decided not to proceed with its initial public offering (IPO) in
London at the current time, citing market conditions.
* ARBUTHNOT: Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc warned on Thursday the net
interest margin at its commercial banking unit would fall in the short term due
to the Bank of England's base rate cut following Britain's vote to leave the
European Union in June.
* TESCO: Tesco, Britain's biggest grocery chain, has pulled dozens
of Unilever brand products from its website after a
disagreement over prices in the wake of a partly Brexit-driven slump in the
* SHELL: Japanese refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd is likely to delay
its planned acquisition of Showa Shell Sekiyu, due to fierce opposition
from the Idemitsu founding family, people familiar with the matter said.
* BHP BILLITON: BHP Billiton, is preparing to return to
full production at its Olympic Dam copper mine after regaining full electric
power, the last of the big industrial sites in southern Australia to restart
after a massive blackout two weeks ago.
* HARGREAVES LANSDOWN: Fund supermarket Hargreaves Lansdown said on
Wednesday it had written to the British government to protest about the
potential exclusion of retail investors from the sale of its remaining stake in
Lloyds Banking Group.
* BRITISH AIRWAYS: The chief executive of British Airways said the airline
would oppose any move by its main airport, Heathrow, to raise its
charges if the London hub is given permission to expand.
* BRITAIN HOUSING: British house prices rose for a second month in September
and enquiries from buyers picked up for the first time since February,
suggesting the housing market has weathered the initial shock of the Brexit
vote, a survey showed.
* EX-DIVS: Centrica Plc will trade without entitlement to its latest
dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 0.8 points off the FTSE 100 according to
* BREXIT: Britain's financial services sector will be a "high priority" for
the government when it negotiates the terms of Britain's new relationship with
the European Union, the most senior official in the country's finance ministry
* OIL PRICE: Oil prices fell on Thursday after OPEC said its production had
risen to the highest level in at least eight years and following reports of an
increase in U.S. crude stockpiles.
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(Reporting by Esha Vaish in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair and Vyas Mohan)