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July 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 futures were down 0.1
percent ahead of the cash market open.
* VODAFONE: Vodafone, the world’s second largest mobile operator,
reported better-than-expected 2.2 percent revenue growth in its first quarter,
reflecting a robust performance in Italy and Spain and an acceleration in demand
* PAYSAFE: A consortium of Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners
has made a 2.86 billion pound ($3.71 billion) bid for payments
processing company Paysafe Group, joining a growing number of deals in
* BEAZLEY: Lloyd’s of London insurer Beazley Plc reported a rise in
first-half pretax profit, buoyed by strong growth in its U.S. specialty lines
business and investment gains.
* ACACIA MINING: Acacia Mining is targeting the lower end of its
production guidance for the year after its first-half results were hit by
Tanzania’s ban on the export of its concentrates, the gold miner said on
* CLOSE BROTHERS: British lender Close Brothers Group reported a
rise in year-to-date loan book and said it expected strong results for the year
ending in July.
* ANTOFAGASTA: Union-represented workers and management at Antofagasta’s
Zaldivar copper mine failed to reach a wage deal on Thursday and agreed
to extend government-mediated talks into next week, the union said.
* TEN GROUP: Concierge service company Ten Group has appointed Jefferies to
oversee a flotation on the junior AIM market, Sky News reported on
* BRITAIN BUSINESS: Britain’s Chambers of Commerce (BCC), an employers
group, warned the government it needed to engage in “sustained and structured”
discussions with business over Brexit and avoid an abrupt departure from the
* BRITAIN IMMIGRATION: The British government should agree an implementation
period for curbs to immigration from the European Union after Britain leaves the
bloc to allow businesses time to adapt, a committee of lawmakers said in a
report published on Friday.
* OIL: Oil prices were little changed on Friday ahead of a key meeting of
major oil producing nations next week, sitting below the $50 per barrel level
that was briefly breached for the first time in 6 weeks in the previous
* The UK blue chip index FTSE closed up 0.77 pct at 7487.87 points
on Thursday, outperforming pan-European STOXX 600 as European shares
dropped as a jump in the bloc’s currency following the European Central Bank’s
policy meeting weighed on exporters.
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