UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec. 27

Fri Dec 27, 2013 2:35am EST

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LONDON Dec 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening higher on Friday, with futures up 0.5 percent by 0731 GMT before the cash market open.

* The UK blue chip index ended up 15.56 points, or 0.2 percent, at 6,694.17 points on Tuesday, the last day of trade before the UK stock market closed for the Christmas break, notching its fifth straight session of gains.

* AIRLINES: Gatwick airport is facing the threat of having to pay airlines a rebate after thousands of passengers were left stranded by a power outage caused by storms that battered the UK over Christmas, the Financial Times reported.

* RETAILERS: After an initial rush to British retail stores for the Boxing Day sales on Thursday, only 0.5 percent more shoppers showed up than last year, final figures from retail data company Springboard showed.

* BARCLAYS : Barclays has been fined $3.75 million by a U.S. regulator over its alleged decade-long failure to properly keep electronic records, emails and instant messages.

* DEBENHAMS : The department store is set to part company with its finance director amid growing criticism of his performance, the Times reported.

* BSKYB : The shares rose on Tuesday, bolstered by growing speculation that mobile phone firm Vodafone could launch a bid for the satellite TV group to help defend itself against a possible corporate attack from AT&T, according to the Daily Mail's market report on Thursday.

* BP : The company has failed to persuade a federal judge to require businesses seeking to recover money over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to provide proof that their economic losses were caused by the disaster.

* ASTRAZENECA : AstraZeneca and Shionogi have extended the licence for cholesterol treatment Crestor.

* INTERTEK : The provider of quality and safety solutions has completed its acquisition of Architectural Testing, one of the largest building products testing and certification companies in the United States.

TODAY'S UK PAPERS

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