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British Business - Aug. 2

Aug 2 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. The Times - Pearson PSON.L enters into blockchain with plans to apply digital tokens to its online textbooks, as the publisher's chief executive Andy Bird said he was exploring ways of using new technology to drive the company forward, away from its traditional business model of selling printed books.
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 1

Aug 1 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Monday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.16%. * JD SPORTS: Britain's largest sportswear retailer JD Sports Fashion JD.L will sell Footasylum to German asset management firm Aurelius Group for an enterprise value of about 45 million euros ($46 million). * PEARSON: Education group Pearson PSON.L reiterated its full-year profit outlook and said its new integrated structure under boss Andy Bird was helping to save costs and grow the
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 1

Aug 1 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Monday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.3%. * HSBC: HSBC Holdings PLC HSBA.L reported a 15% drop in first-half profit as credit loss provisions more than offset the impact from rising net interest income at Europe's biggest bank, but it raised a key performance target. * HSBC: A Hong Kong politician has urged HSBC HSBA.L spin off its Asia business and appoint representatives of Chinese insurer Ping An to its board, as the global
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 29

April 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Friday, with futures FFIc1 up 1.02%. * ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L beat first-quarter sales and profit expectations and stood by its forecasts for 2022 as newer therapies for kidney disease and rare conditions offset an expected decline in COVID-19 vaccine sales. * RECKITT: Reckitt Benckiser RKT.L beat first-quarter sales expectations, having increased prices to offset soaring raw material costs and flat volumes.
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 29

April 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Friday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.79%. * GLENCORE: About 24% of investors voted against Glencore's GLEN.L climate progress report at the miner and trader's annual general meeting, after some cited slow progress in scaling back coal production. * UNILEVER: As a shortage of sunflower oil ripples through the global food industry, Unilever ULVR.L said that it has altered some of its recipes so it can substitute rapeseed oil
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