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Banks lead FTSE higher, airlines hit by Lufthansa warning

London's main index inched higher on Monday in line with marginal gains across Europe, as rises in banks outweighed the impact of a profit alert from Germany's Lufthansa on airlines, while UK contractor Kier Group skidded to a life low.

Babcock confirms it turned down Serco's buyout offer

British engineering services group Babcock International Group Plc on Monday confirmed that it had rejected an offer by rival Serco Group in January to combine the two companies in a deal that would have created a company worth 4 billion pounds.

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