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Travel stocks and retailers lift FTSE 100 to strongest session in 5-months

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Fashion retailer Next jumps on robust earnings * Royal Mail drops to bottom of FTSE 100 * Survey shows UK recovery loses some pace * FTSE 100 up 1.7%, FTSE 250 adds 1.9% (Updates to close) By Shashank Nayar and Amal S July 21 (Reuters) - T
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Basic material, luxury stocks drive European shares to a third day of losses

* UK travel shares surge ahead of complete re-opening * Luxury stocks slip after mixed results * Ericsson slides as earnings hit by China (Updates to close) By Sruthi Shankar and Susan Mathew July 16 (Reuters) - European stocks fell on Friday as a slide in Rio Tinto's iron ore exports hammered mining majors, while strong earnings from luxury brands
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 17

June 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 27 points lower at 7,158 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, while futures FFIc1 were down 0.60%. * WHITBREAD: Whitbread WTB.L reported strong forward booking trends in tourist locations throughout the summer. * HALFORDS: Halfords Group HFD.L reinstated dividend and repo
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 17

June 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 27 points lower at 7,158 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Singapore state firm JTC Corp JTC.UL to explore developing a solar farm on part of a landfill in southern Singap
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 27

Britain's FTSE futures FFIc1 seen down 0.1% ahead of cash market open on Tuesday. * BP: BP's BP.L first-quarter profit more than tripled from a year earlier to $2.6 billion, exceeding expectations, boosted by stronger oil prices and bumper revenue from natural gas trading. * AVEVA GROUP: Aveva Group AVV.L said its chief executive Craig Hayman had d
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 22

(Add news items) April 22(Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.5%. * TAYLOR WIMPEY: Homebuilder Taylor Wimpey TW.L forecast sustained demand as the sector benefits from a lower interest rate environment and additional budget support measures announced last month. * ASTRAZENECA: The Eu
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 22

April 22(Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.5%. * BOE: The Bank of England said it plans to open a "northern hub" in England, as part of a drive to make the central bank less London-centric. * WHITBREAD: Premier Inn-owner Whitbread WTB.L pledged to attain net zero carbon emissions b
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FTSE 100 slips, lockdown exit plan boosts travel stocks

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Boris Johnson sets roadmap on easing of lockdown measures * Pound rises to close to three-year highs * FTSE 100 down 0.2%, FTSE 250 off 0.3% (Updates to market close) By Shivani Kumaresan and Amal S Feb 22 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 sli
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb. 4

Feb 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening flat at 6,508 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * JD SPORTS: JD Sports JD.L said it will sell about 6% of its shares to raise funds as Britain's largest sportswear retailer looks to expand and make further acquisitions. * ROYAL MAIL: Royal Mail RMG.L said 91.5% of the el
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British Business - Jan 15

Jan 15 (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 - Norwegian Air NORR.OL has ended an era of cheap transatlantic flying by scrapping its popular long-haul services at Gatwick, with the loss of 1,100 British jobs.
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London stocks rise on earnings boost, virus worries cap gains

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Whitbread gains on lower job cuts than expected * Primark owner AB Foods jumps on higher sales expectations * British housing market boom fades - survey * FTSE 100 up 0.8%, FTSE 250 adds 0.8% (Updates to close) By Shashank Nayar Jan 14 (Re
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan. 14

Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 21 points higher at 6,767 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures FFIc1 up 0.15% ahead of cash market open. * TESCO: Tesco TSCO.L followed rivals in reporting buoyant Christmas trading, as pandemic restrictions meant people splashed out on celebrations at home. *
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan. 14

Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 21 points higher at 6,767 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * Standard Chartered: Standard Chartered Plc's STAN.L investment banking head Simon Cooper has emerged as the internal contender to replace CEO Bill Winters, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. * RIO TIN
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British Business - Dec 23

Dec 23 (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 - Britain's hospitality group Whitbread WTB.L has asked its landlords for a 50% rent cut for the next three months as hotels and restaurants come under huge strain
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UK shares jump on vaccine optimism; banks, travel stocks shine

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Moderna vaccine 94.5% effective in interim trial data * Vodafone surges on strong annual outlook * Time is running out for Brexit deal, EU tells Britain * FTSE 100 up 1.7%, FTSE 250 adds 1.8% By Devik Jain Nov 16 (Reuters) - British stocks
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British Business - Nov 12

Nov 12 (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 - Second-home owners, investors and pensioners face paying tens of thousands of pounds more in tax under a review ordered by the chancellor that could raise 14 bill
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 27

Oct 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 11 points lower at 5,781, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.19% ahead of cash market open. * ST. JAMES'S PLACE: Upmarket wealth manager St. James's Place SJP.L reported record funds under management of 118.7 billion pounds ($154.70 billion), boosted by third-quarte
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British Business - Sept 23

Sept 23 (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 - Whitbread Plc WTB.L announced on Tuesday up to 6,000 redundancies across its hotels and restaurants as the jobs crisis in the hospitality sector deepened due to
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 22

Sept 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 33 points higher on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures FFIc1 up 0.4% ahead of the cash market open. * RIO: Rio Tinto RIO.L RIO.AX has signed a pact to jointly develop its first bonded area operations to blend iron ore in China's port of Dalian. * FCA: Britain's
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 7

July 7 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening a point lower at 6,285 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures FFIc1 down 0.6% ahead of cash markets open. * JD SPORTS: Retailer JD Sports JD.L warned that customer traffic was still weak in malls and shopping centres across Europe as shoppers worried about visiti
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