(Adds futures, company items)
Dec 28 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 0.07
percent higher on Wednesday after a four-day Christmas break, according to
financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.1 percent ahead of the cash
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent higher on Friday at 7,068.17
* BOVIS HOMES: Bovis Homes said it would not deliver the number of
houses it originally expected in 2016, after about 180 sales failed to complete
before the end of the year, resulting in a likely miss against market profit
* ALLIANCE TRUST: U.S. activist investor Elliott Capital Advisors raised its
stake in Alliance Trust to 19 percent from 17 percent, a regulatory filing
showed on Wednesday, after the Scottish asset manager unveiled a change in
investment strategy earlier this month.
* OIL: Oil prices edged down on Wednesday as the market waits to see how
OPEC and non-OPEC members carry through on planned supply cuts in the new year.
* LAVENDON GROUP PLC: European industrial equipment supplier Loxam SAS
raised its offer for UK's Lavendon Group Plc on Wednesday to
442 million pounds ($542.86 million), in response to an increased bid by Belgian
industrial equipment supplier TVH Group NV.
* BP PLC: Australia's top grocer Woolworths Ltd said on Wednesday
it will sell its chain of petrol stations to BP plc for A$1.8 billion
($1.3 billion), the latest disposal in a bid to return the company's focus to
its core supermarket business.
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(Reporting by Vidya L Nathan in Bengaluru,)