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Oct 5 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down
about 10 points, or 0.14 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial
bookmakers, with futures down 0.9 percent.
* The UK blue chip index closed 1.3 percent higher on Tuesday at 7,047
* SABMILLER: Tokyo-based brewer Asahi Group Holdings plans to offer
more than 500 billion yen ($4.87 billion) for SABMiller Plc's beer
business in five Eastern European countries, the Nikkei business daily said.
* TESCO: Britain's biggest retailer Tesco set out plans to increase
its profitability in the next three years, after reporting a 60 percent rise in
first-half profit and a third straight quarter of UK underlying sales growth.
* TUI: Air Berlin said on Wednesday it had entered discussions with
TUI Group and Etihad about a combination of its tourist businesses.
* BHP BILLITON/BP: BHP Billiton said the second phase of
its Mad Dog offshore joint venture with BP in the Gulf of Mexico was
economical at oil prices below $50 per barrel.
* BREXIT: The British government will only negotiate one deal for when it
leaves the European Union, the country's Brexit minister, David Davis, said on
Tuesday, adding that there would be no separate deal for London.
Sterling slid to its lowest level in more than three decades on Tuesday on
fears of a "hard Brexit" from the European Union and its single market, although
the weaker pound sent UK stocks surging higher.
* DEUTSCHE BANK: Shares in Deutsche Bank rose on Tuesday after
major clients and even rivals voiced support for the lender, fearing contagion
after concern over its future last week sent the stock to a record low.
* OIL: Oil prices rose in early trading on Wednesday after a report that
U.S. fuel inventories may have fallen for a fifth straight week, but contracts
remained near the $50 marker where many traders currently see fair value for
* SVG CAPITAL: British private equity firm SVG Capital Plc said on
Tuesday it would sell half of its investment portfolio for 379 million pounds
and wind down operations by the end of 2017.
* JOHNSTON PRESS: Scotsman publisher Johnston Press Plc said on
Tuesday that its credit facility was halved by its lenders.
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(Reporting by Vidya L Nathan in Bengaluru, Editing by Sunil Nair)