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Jan 12 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 14
points on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down
0.1 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* The UK blue chip index on Wednesday rose 0.2 percent to a new record high,
closing higher for the twelfth consecutive session in its longest winning streak
in the index's 33-year history. It closed up 0.21 percent at 7290.49 points.
* TESCO: Britain's biggest retailer Tesco reported a 0.7 percent
rise in underlying Christmas sales in its home market, capping a year of
recovery with a solid performance over the key festive period.
* MARKS & SPENCER: Marks & Spencer soundly beat forecasts for
Christmas trading as it reported its first quarterly rise in underlying clothing
and homeware sales in nearly two years, delivering a boost to new boss Steve
* ASOS: British online fashion retailer Asos said on Thursday it
would accelerate the pace of its infrastructure investment as it expects sales
to rise by nearly a third this year following bumper demand over the Christmas
* DEBENHAMS: Debenhams, Britain's No.2 department store chain,
posted a 5 percent rise in like-for-like sales in the seven-week Christmas
period, buoyed by a plan to sell more beauty and gift products rather than
* BARRATT: Britain's biggest housebuilder by volume Barratt posted
a year-on-year drop in the number of homes it built in the six months to the end
of December, as it completed fewer properties in London.
* ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS: Associated British Foods said total
sales at discount fashion store Primark climbed 11 percent in the 16-week
Christmas period as it stuck to a forecast to make progress in group annual
* DUNELM GROUP: British homewares retailer Dunelm Group Plc said on
Thursday its like-for-like sales for the second quarter improved 0.2 percent on
improved sales of seasonal items and higher online sales.
* MOTHERCARE: Baby goods retailer Mothercare Plc said third-quarter
sales in the UK returned to growth helped by a rise in online orders.
* HAYS: British staffing company Hays reported higher quarterly net
fees on Thursday helped by growth in continental Europe and Asia Pacific, but
noted that while conditions remained tough in Britain.
* JUPITER FUND MANAGEMENT: Jupiter Fund Management said on Thursday
clients pulled 373 million pounds ($456.44 million) from its funds during the
fourth quarter, with withdrawals largely by institutional investors exiting its
European and multi-manager strategies.
* PREMIER OIL: North Sea-focused oil producer Premier Oil said
full-year revenue slipped 10 percent year-on-year in preliminary results,
despite production levels hitting an improved target.
* LSE/DEUTSCHE BOERSE: The European Central Bank needs to carefully analyse
a proposed merger between London Stock Exchange Group and Deutsche
Boerse, particularly given Britain's decision to leave the EU, ECB
President Mario Draghi said on Wednesday.
* BP: Australia's competition regulator said on Thursday it will review BP
Plc's A$1.8 billion purchase of 527 petrol stations from Australia's top
grocer, Woolworths Ltd.
* BRITAIN BANKS: The share of Britain's biggest banks in the market
supplying UK companies' daily foreign currency needs fell for a second year
running in 2016 as firms made more use of new trading platforms and brokers, an
industry report showed on Wednesday.
* BRITAIN/IRELAND: Uncertainty arising from Brexit led to an 8 percent fall
last year in Irish food and drink exports to the United Kingdom, by far their
biggest market, but the drop was offset by growth elsewhere.
* BRITAIN/EU: Britain's finance industry has given up on efforts to keep
full access to the European Union after Brexit and is pushing instead for a more
limited trade deal that would potentially exclude some financial
* EX-DIVS: No FTSE 100 .FTSE companies will go ex-dividend on Thursday,
although several mid-caps will go ex-div, after which investors will no longer
qualify for the latest dividend payout.
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(Reporting by Rahul B in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)