LONDON Jan 15 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
up 18-19 points, or 0.3 percent higher on Wednesday, according to financial
* Brightening the mood, the World Bank raised its forecast for growth for
the first time in three years, signalling the world economy is finally pulling
out of a long and sluggish recovery that followed the global financial crisis.
* The UK blue chip index closed up 9.71 points, or 0.1 percent, at 6,766.86
points on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses to steady near two-month highs,
after forecast-beating U.S. December retail sales offset some of the concern
triggered by last week's disappointing U.S. jobs report.
* The following companies will trade without the attraction of their latest
dividend on Wednesday, knocking 3.39 points off the FTSE 100: Ashtead,
Imperial Tobacco and Next.
* AVIVA : The insurance group has toughened oversight of trading
activities at its fund management arm after discovering breaches of dealing
policy between 2006 and 2012, according to a company filing.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
BURBERRY GROUP issues a trading update
TULLOW OIL issues a trading update
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