Next PLC (NXT.L)
* Next, Capita down after results; Lloyds up (Adds closing prices)
LONDON Next got a boost from Britain's hot summer with a 2.8 percent rise in second-quarter sales but the fashion retailer does not see the warm glow lasting, sticking to forecasts that indicate little growth for the rest of the year.
* Sticks to forecast, indicating little growth for second half
LONDON, Aug 1 Britain's top stocks index fell on Wednesday as mining and materials shares sold off on a slide in metals prices after the Trump administration threatened further tariffs on China.
Aug 1 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 12 points at 7,737 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down about 0.2 percent ahead of the cash market open.
LONDON, Aug 1 British retailer Next reported a 2.8 percent rise in full-price sales in the second quarter, a better result than it had forecast following exceptionally warm weather that boosted demand for summer ranges.
* Next policy meeting due on Tuesday (Adds comment on inflation outlook)
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