LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening unchanged to 3 points higher, or up 0.05 percent on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The FTSE 100 closed at 6,483.58 points on Friday, up 44.42 points or 0.7 percent for the day and 1.6 percent for the week. British equities made fresh 5-year highs on Friday after key U.S. jobs data showed improvement in the world’s top economy and leftthe door open to more stock gains.
* China’s uneven economic recovery signals a looming dilemma for policymakers as official data released at the weekend showed inflation at a 10-month high in February while factory output and consumer spending were weaker than forecast.
* BANKS - Britain should force all banks to split routine retail operations from riskier investment activities if a single lender abuses new rules designed to protect taxpayers, an influential panel of lawmakers said on Monday.
* BHP BILLITON - The world’s largest miner is concentrating on about 10 assets as it looks for opportunities to divest to cut debt and simplify the business, the company said on Saturday.
* INTERNATIONAL CONSOLIDATED AIRLINES GROUP - The airline group has accepted a government-appointed mediator’s compromise proposal to end a labour conflict over mass layoffs at Spanish flagship airline Iberia, the company said on Sunday.
* Ratings agency Fitch lowered Italy’s sovereign rating by one notch to BBB-plus, with a negative outlook, after market close on Friday, raising the risk its next ratings change will be a further downgrade. It cut Italy’s credit rating due to the political uncertainty after last week’s election, deep recession and rising debt.
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