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LONDON May 7 Britain's FTSE 100 index
is seen opening lower on Wednesday, with futures down
0.2 percent by 0642 GMT. For more on the factors affecting
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* Mounting concerns over Ukraine slipping into civil war are
likely to take their toll on investor risk appetite. Both sides
have been burying their dead, with supporters of Russia and of a
united Ukraine accusing each other of tearing the country apart.
* Expansion in China's services industry slowed slightly in
April, with employment growth slipping to a seven-month low, a
private survey showed, adding to an increasingly cloudy outlook
for the world's second-largest economy.
* The UK blue chip index closed down 23.86 points, or 0.4
percent, at 6,798.56 points on Tuesday, pressured by weak
corporate earnings, after hitting 6,838.17 on Friday, its
highest level since late February.
* Stocks trading without the attraction of their latest
dividend, namely Bunzl, BP, Wm Morrison,
Rexam, and Unilever will knock 6.8 points off
the index on Wednesday.
* J SAINSBURY : The British grocer posted a 5.3
percent rise in annual profit, its slowest growth in nearly a
decade, illustrating the pressure the industry is under to cut
prices and stem the rise of the discounters.
* ROLLS-ROYCE : German engineering giant Siemens
said it was buying energy assets from Rolls-Royce for
roughly 950 million euros ($1.32 billion).
* BAE SYSTEMS : Europe's biggest defence contractor
said its outlook for the year was unchanged from February, when
it forecast an earnings drop of up to 10 percent this year.
* EXPERIAN : The world's biggest credit data company
reported an 8 percent increase in annual earnings, benefiting
from acquisitions and improved margins.
* EASYJET : The budget airline said April traffic
rose 10.2 percent to 5.79 million.
* G4S : The world's biggest security firm said strong
demand across its emerging markets regions helped group revenue
rise 4.8 percent in its first quarter.
* IMPERIAL TOBACCO GROUP : Imperial Tobacco Group
posted sharp declines in reported revenue and profit, due to
planned inventory reductions in a number of markets.
* INMARSAT : Inmarsat, the company whose satellites
tracked the final route of missing flight MH370, said it made a
strong start to the year, with adjusted core earnings for its
main business rising 6.8 percent in the first quarter.
* LEGAL & GENERAL GROUP : The British insurer saw
its net cash rise by more than a fifth in the first quarter of
2014, driven in part by demand for its retirement products.
* MEGGITT : The British engineering firm said it was
on track to meet its forecast for mid-single digit organic
revenue growth this year, helped by an acceleration in the
second half of the year.
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(Reporting by Tricia Wright; Editing by Francesco Canepa)