LONDON, July 29 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen inching
higher at the open on Tuesday, with September futures on the index up
0.2 percent at 0621 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks,
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* The UK blue chip index closed down by 0.1 percent, or 3.48 points, at
6,788.07 points on Monday.
* BP : The energy group reported a 34 percent rise in quarterly profit
and said it would pay a dividend of 9.75 cents a share for the quarter ended
* NEXT : Britain's second biggest clothing retailer raised its
guidance for annual sales and profit for the second time in three months after a
strong second quarter performance, helped by favourable weather and new store
* WM MORRISON : Britain's fourth-largest supermarket named Andrew
Higginson, a former finance director at market leader Tesco, as its
next chairman, to bring some experience to the struggling grocer.
* ST. JAMES'S PLACE : The wealth manager raised its interim dividend
by 40 percent on Tuesday, saying it anticipates a similar increase in its
* TULLETT PREBON : The Interdealer broker said on Tuesday that
revenue in its first half fell 15 percent as the level of activity in financial
markets remained subdued.
* GKN : The car and plane parts maker posted a 6 percent rise in
first-half profit on Tuesday and upped its dividend as it forecast more of the
same in the second half.
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(Reporting By Francesco Canepa; Editing by Alistair Smout)