LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening down by 29 to 30 points, or 0.5 percent lower, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index fell 2 percent to 6,620.48 points on Monday.
* BRITISH ECONOMY: British consumer morale surged to its highest in over 15 years this month as shoppers said they were ready to spend, a survey showed on Tuesday, adding to signs that growth is picking up after a weak start to the year.
* BREXIT: A British exit from the European Union would be disastrous for the UK financial industry and could prompt companies to leave the country, the sector’s main lobby group said on Tuesday.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL : Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a spokesman said on Monday.
* RIO TINTO : Former Xstrata boss Mick Davis’ X2 Resources is in “serious” talks to purchase some of Rio Tinto Plc’s Australian coal assets, the Financial Times reported citing people familiar with the matter.
* FALKLAND ISLANDS: Britain on Monday accused Argentina of a politically motivated and illegal attack on the nascent oil industry around the disputed Falkland Islands, after Buenos Aires said it would seek to seize the assets of drillers operating in region.
* HIKMA : Jordan’s Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc has emerged as a bidder for German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim’s generics unit Roxane Labs, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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