LONDON, Sept 2 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
higher on Monday, with September futures on the index trading 0.8
percent higher at 0622 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks,
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* The UK blue chip index closed down 70.12 points, or 1.1 percent, at
6,412.93 points on Friday.
* Mining stocks will be in focus after data showed factories in
China, the world's largest consumer of metals, had their best growth in months
in August as domestic demand made up for weak exports.
* VODAFONE : Verizon Communications and Vodafone plan to
announce a $130 billion deal on Monday that will give the U.S. telecom giant
complete control of Verizon Wireless, subject to final board approval, people
familiar with the matter said.
* Tullow Oil : The British oil firm said on Monday a well off the
coast of Mozambique failed to find oil or gas, a blow to the company's
exploration hopes in the East African country.
* ROLLS-ROYCE : The British firm said on Monday it has sold its 50
percent stake in the RTM322 helicopter engine programme to Safran's
Turbomeca for 293 million euros ($386 million).
* HSBC : The bank will stop offering wealth management products in
Bahrain, Jordan and Lebanon as the British lender continues to exit small or
insufficiently profitable operations globally as part of a strategic review, it
said on Saturday.
* SAGE GROUP : Chief executive Guy Berruyer said the software company
would focus on selling payments services to existing customers, unlike rivals
that look at attracting new customers, in an attempt to double organic growth
within three years, the Financial Times reported on Monday.
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