LONDON, July 25 Britain's FTSE 100 index futures are
trading 0.2 percent lower at 0613 GMT, broadly in line with other key national
index futures in Western Europe. For more on the factors affecting European
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* UK GDP - Preliminary Q2 GDP data due at 0830 GMT; expectations are for
growth of 0.8 percent or 3.1 percent annualised, according to Reuters poll.
* VODAFONE - The network operator received no relief from tough
market conditions in the first quarter, with a slowdown in Spain and South
Africa resulting in another heavy drop in its key revenue measure.
* BSKYB - The broadcaster has agreed to pay around 4.9 billion
pounds ($8.3 billion) to buy Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV assets in Germany and
Italy, responding to the slowing growth at home with a deal to create a European
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND - The UK bank said it made a pretax profit
of 1 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) in the second quarter, far better than
analysts had expected, due to a turnaround in losses from bad loans, prompting
it to release its earnings a week early.
* BALFOUR BEATTY, CARILLION - The two construction
companies confirmed they were in preliminary talks on a possible merger.
* ANGLO AMERICAN - The global miner posted on Friday a fall in first
half profits in line with analysts' forecast, hit by weaker commodity prices and
by a lengthy mining strike that has slashed its platinum output. It also entered
into a binding agreement for the sale of its 50 percent stake in Lafarge Tarmac
* GLAXOSMITHKLINE - The drugmaker faces new allegations of
corruption, this time in Syria, where the drugmaker and its distributor have
been accused of paying bribes to secure business, according to a whistleblower's
email reviewed by Reuters.
* LONMIN - The South African platinum producer said on Friday it
would return to 80 percent normal production by the end of its financial year
after it was hit by a five-month strike.
* PEARSON - The publishing group posted a sharp fall in first-half
profit, reflecting increased restructuring charges, currency movements and the
impact on margins of the phasing of revenues.
* LLOYDS - confirmed on Friday that it was close to agreeing a
settlement over allegations of manipulating benchmark interest
* SPECTRIS - The electrical engineering equipment maker said
first-half pretax profit slumped 10 percent, dented by a weaker- than-expected
performance in the second quarter primarily in the mining and academic research
* AFRICAN BARRICK - The gold producer reported first-half net
earnings of $41 million, impacted by higher non-cash tax charge in Q2.
* BP - Delta Air Lines has severed a multi-year contract with
the oil company to exchange refined fuels from Delta's Trainer refinery for more
jet fuel, the company said on Thursday.
* PROPERTY SECTOR - British house prices grew at their slowest rate in over
a year in July in the latest sign that Britain's housing market may be starting
to cool, a survey showed on Friday.
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(Reporting by Lionel Laurent)