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Oct 17 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening lower by
10-14 points, or 0.1-0.2 percent, on Monday, according to financial bookmakers,
with futures down 0.3 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.5 percent on Friday at 7,013.55, with
grocer Tesco recovering and mid-cap Man Group surging after a
strong trading update.
* ROBERT WALTERS: Professional recruitment firm Robert Walters Plc
said third-quarter UK profit rose on growth in trade finance and in some regions
outside London, indicating pockets of strength following the country's vote to
leave the European Union.
* BIFFA: Biffa Plc said it had priced its London initial public
offering (IPO) at 180 pence per share, giving the waste management firm a market
capitalisation of 450 million pounds ($559 million).
* SSE: Britain's second biggest energy supplier, SSE Plc, said it
had agreed to sell a 16.7 percent stake in gas distribution business Scotia Gas
Networks Ltd (SGN) to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) for a consideration
of 621 million pounds ($772.21 million).
* LADBROKES: British Ladbrokes and Gala Coral said they agreed to
sell 359 shops for 55.5 million pounds ($69 million) to rivals, in a deal which
will reduce their footprint and pave the way for competition authorities to
allow their merger to proceed.
* PEARSON: Pearson, the world's biggest education company,
reiterated its full-year outlook on Monday after cost cuts helped it counter
worse-than-expected trading in the third quarter.
* SHELL: The widow of a Nigerian activist is planning to sue Royal Dutch
Shell in the Dutch courts alleging the oil company was complicit in the
execution of her husband by the Nigerian military in 1995, court documents filed
in the United States last week show.
* RBS: Royal Bank of Scotland said late on Friday its debit cards
are now working normally after customers experienced problems across Britain
earlier in the day, in the latest apparent glitch to hit the bank's IT systems.
* BARCLAYS: Britain's Serious Fraud Office is questioning former and senior
managers at Barclays Plc, as the fraud agency steps up its probe into
whether the British bank's senior bankers allegedly ordered the low-balling of
the London interbank offered rate, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. on.ft.com/2dHc98V
* UK CONSUMERS: British consumers were their most confident in five years in
September, a survey showed on Monday, but the upbeat mood was not shared in
London where most voters opposed leaving the European Union in June's Brexit
* UK ECONOMY: Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Friday the
British economy had performed a bit better than the central bank expected and
the BoE would also have to take inflation considerations into account.
* UK ENERGY: Britain should support large-scale electricity storage schemes
to help make intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power
available around the clock, a parliamentary committee report said on Saturday.
* UK PROPERTY: Commercial property auctions are proving an unlikely bright
spot in Britain's real estate market where a steep drop in sterling has
attracted overseas buyers and local investors are as yet unfazed by potential
fallout from Brexit.
* BREXIT: Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent said the pound's
fall after Britain voted to leave the European Union has acted as an important
shock absorber for the economy, in a radio interview broadcast on Monday.
* BREXIT: Britain needs to focus its efforts on the banking sector when
negotiating new financial trading terms with the EU as the benefits of
unfettered access across the industry as a whole have been overplayed, think
tank Open Europe said in a report on Monday.
* BREXIT: British lawmakers from across the political spectrum will press
their bid to force Prime Minister Theresa May to give parliament a vote on her
negotiating strategy for leaving the EU, saying she had no mandate for a "hard
* BREXIT: French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that Britain's
decision to leave the EU should not jeopardise the bloc's principle of free
movement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Britain could
not get concessions on the freedom of movement while retaining full access to
the European single market, or other countries would want the same.
* BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May will lead a delegation of small
and medium-size businesses to India in November as part of efforts to bolster
trade with countries outside the EU.
* COPPER: London copper held above a one-month low on Monday after remarks
by the Federal Reserve chair suggested the U.S. central bank may stick with
loose monetary policy for longer, which shored up investor appetite for
* OIL: Oil prices fell early on Monday, pulled down by a rising rig count in
the United States, a strong dollar and record OPEC-output which comes amid
slowing global economic growth that could erode fuel demand.
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(Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)