Non-Cyclical Consumer Goods
* Futures up: Dow 192 pts, S&P 23 pts, Nasdaq 57 pts (Adds premarket actives)
Dec 18 - Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc will buy smaller U.S. rival Pantry Inc for about $861 million to boost its presence in the southeastern and Gulf Coast regions of the United States.
Dec 18 - ConAgra Foods Inc reported a 2 percent fall in quarterly net sales, due to weak demand for branded foods such as Hunt's ketchup and Bertolli pastas and frozen meals.
* UK retail sales beat forecasts to rise 6.4 pct y/y in Nov
PARIS, Dec 18 - The French competition authority slapped fines worth 951 million euros ($1.2 billion) on personal hygiene and cleaning products makers on Thursday over price fixing in supermarkets between 2003 and 2006.
NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken direct control of a project-monitoring body to fast-track investments worth almost $300 billion and revive manufacturing in the country, two officials with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.