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Jan 6 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 2 to 7 points higher, or as much as 0.1 percent, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.1 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent higher at 7,195.31 points on Thursday, boosted by a bullish update from housebuilder Persimmon, which reported a rise in sales despite Britain’s vote last year to leave the European Union.
* TP ICAP: TP ICAP Plc, the newly merged financial broking firm, said market reaction after the election of Donald Trump and expectations for interest rate rises helped it post a sharp spike in trading volumes during the final quarter of 2016.
* FENNER: British engineering company Fenner Plc said it expected the current full-year results to be “comfortably above” its earlier expectations as order intake and customer enquiries improved.
* BRITAIN RETAIL: A spending spree by British shoppers in the week before Christmas failed to prevent sales in December from falling short of the previous year’s level, industry data showed on Friday.
* LONDON COPPER: A weaker U.S. dollar pushed London copper prices higher on Friday following losses overnight, but traders said gains would be limited by profit taking.
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