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March 28 Britain's FTSE 100 futures were up 0.4 percent
ahead of the cash market open on Tuesday.
* TESCO: Britain's biggest retailer Tesco has agreed to pay a 129
million pound ($162 million) fine to settle an investigation by prosecutors over
a 2014 profit overstatement, it said on Tuesday.
* AA: Motoring group AA posted a full-year core profit of 403
million pounds ($505.5 million) on Tuesday, steady from the previous year and in
line with expectations, supported by growth in new business.
* THOMAS COOK: British tour operator Thomas Cook said it expected to
hit its full-year operating targets after seeing early signs that tourists were
returning to troubled markets Turkey and Egypt.
* WOLSELEY: Heating and plumbing products supplier Wolseley reported
a 25 percent rise in first-half profit, as growth in the United States more than
made up for tough trading conditions in the UK and the Nordics.
* REDROW: British housebuilder Redrow said on Tuesday it did not
intend to make an offer to buy fellow builder Bovis just over two weeks
after its approach was rejected as too low.
* LADBROKES CORAL: British bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral Group said on
Tuesday 2016 operating profit rose about 22 percent despite paying out heavily
on a number of gambler-friendly sports results towards the end of the
* COBHAM: Aerospace and defence company Cobham said on Tuesday it
would raise about 512.4 million pounds ($642.6 million) through its rights issue
to pay down debt.
* TESCO: Two of Tesco Plc's biggest shareholders have called on the
supermarket group to withdraw its 3.7 billion-pound ($4.7 billion) agreed offer
for wholesaler Booker Group Plc, potentially casting doubt on the deal's
* LLOYDS OF LONDON: Lloyds of London, the world's largest speciality
insurance market, will this week pick Brussels or Luxembourg for its planned
European Union subsidiary, after Dublin had been an early favourite, sources
* BREXIT: Qatar pledged 5 billion pounds ($6.3 billion) of investment in
Britain on Monday in a show of support for the world's fifth-largest economy
just two days before Prime Minister Theresa May triggers formal Brexit talks.
* BRITAIN DEBT: The number of people seeking help from a leading British
debt advice service hit a record high last year, reflecting a surge in borrowing
by consumers and the financial strains on younger workers, the charity said on
* OIL: Oil prices rose on Tuesday, supported by a weak dollar, but crude
continued to be weighed down by surging U.S. production and uncertainty over
whether an OPEC-led supply cut is big enough to rebalance the market.
* The UK blue chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.6 percent at
7,293.50 points on Monday, after the failure of U.S. President Donald Trump to
push his healthcare reforms through Congress hit mining shares and Babcock
fell after exiting a contract.
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(Reporting by Siju Varghese; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)